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Eastham’s modest population of 5,000 fulltime residents jumps six times in the summer to 30,000. Considering it has only general stores and no real downtown, that’s quite a feat. Fortunately, next door neighbor, Orleans, not only has a Super Stop n’ Shop, but a TJ Maxx and Staples among its many commercial establishments.
Eastham thrives as the Gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The park represents about 11 percent of the town’s footprint. Unlike Orleans on one side and Wellfleet on the other, Eastham ceded all the Atlantic beaches in town to the Seashore. As a result, town residents get to park and use the beaches free.
Beginning at Fort Hill, the Seashore’s Eastham locations include the Salt Pond Visitor Center, Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Light Beach, the Three Sisters Lighthouse and the Penniman House, which boasts a huge whale jaw at its entrance.
Eastham is so razor thin that you can walk from Cape Cod Bay to the Atlantic Ocean is less than an hour.
Like many Outer Cape towns, nearly 60 percent of its households are second homes. Those who live in town year round have a median income exceeding $58,000. Their median age is nearly 57.
Historically, Eastham is home to First Encounter Beach, where Myles Standish and several of his Pilgrim cohorts first hooked up with Nauset Indians. Dissatisfied with Plymouth, in 1644 the directors of the Plimouth Colony sent a seven-man delegation to scout Eastham for a new site for the center of government. The decision was not to move, but the seven members of the delegation brought their families and established a new town. In 1651, Eastham was incorporated by this group of Pilgrims.
It was in Eastham that Henry Beston wrote The Outermost House.
Beach Sticker Directions
Council on Aging
Parks and Recreation
Recycling and Transfer Station
Rock Harbor Mooring Wait List
Salt Pond Shellfishing
Windmill and Green
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