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Want to eat out? There probably is no place more exciting on a Friday night than Main Street in Falmouth, where restaurants and other establishments thrive. You can find Italian, Mexican, Indian, Irish and exceptional continental cuisines, along with Cape Cod authentic seafood. Throw in gourmet shops, chocolatiers and bakeries.
Falmouth is the Cape’s second most populous town with nearly 32,000 fulltime residents. In the summer, the town’s population triples to more than 100,000. Thirty-five percent of the town’s households are second homes.
There are seven villages in Falmouth: Falmouth village, North Falmouth, Waquoit, West Falmouth, Davisville, Woods Hole and Quissett.
Falmouth’s median income is slightly more than $53,000 and its median age of residents is 38, very young for the Cape – indicative of the town’s relatively large percentage of younger families.
As the gateway to Martha’s Vineyard, tens of thousands more visitors travel across Falmouth on the way to Woods Hole and the ferries. The terminal for the Steamship Authority ferries to Martha’s Vineyard is located in the village of Woods Hole in Falmouth. Woods Hole also contains several scientific organizations such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), the Woods Hole Research Center, National Marine Fisheries Aquarium, and the scientific institutions’ various museums.
In many ways, Falmouth has crafted its unique identity – highly self sufficient and tied directly to the Boston metropolitan. Falmouth Hospital, part of the Cape Cod Healthcare system, serves not only the town, but much of the Upper Cape.
Falmouth was first settled by English colonists in 1660 and was officially incorporated in 1686. Bartholomew Gosnold named the settlement for Falmouth, Cornwall, England, his home port. Early principal activities were farming, salt works, shipping, whaling, and sheep husbandry, which was very popular due to the introduction of Merino sheep and the beginnings of water-powered mills that could process the wool. In 1837, Falmouth averaged about 50 sheep per square mile.
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