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Harwich is comprised of seven villages: fast-developing East Harwich, historic Harwich Center and the location of the town government, iconic Harwich Port, Pleasant Lake, West Harwich, North Harwich and South Harwich.
It’s a relatively wealthy community with a median $63,000 income. Like other Lower and Outer Cape communities, it is a haven for second homeowners. About 46 percent of its 9,000 plus households are second homes.
Its full time population is about 12,000, but in the summer it triples to about 37,000. The median age of its fulltime residents is a relatively young for Cape Cod 51. Unlike neighboring Chatham and Orleans, Harwich attracts many younger families. Its Monomoy School District is shared with Chatham.
Harwich spreads across Nantucket Sound with nearly 11 miles of tidal shoreline, along with miles of rivers and marshes. This includes Pleasant Bay. The town has four harbors: Round Cove, Wychmere, Allens, and Saquatucket.
Settled in 1670 as part of Yarmouth, Harwich also originally including land now in Brewster. Known for its fishing, Harwich soon became synonymous with cranberries. Today, it still boasts several active commercial bogs, and every September, it hosts the Harwich Cranberry Festival. Downtown Harwich Port is a mecca for summertime visitors, while Harwich village is filled with history including the Brooks Library Museum.
West Harwich is home to the Harwich Junior Theater, which operates virtually year round and produces not only wonderful fare for young people, but also shows for adults.
Those who don’t want to hassle Hyannis in the height of the summer season, can take a ferry to Nantucket from Harwich. The Freedom Cruise Line high-speed ferry departs beginning Memorial Day.
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