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see also: Hyannis
History: Named after Barnstable, Devon, England. Incorporated March 5, 1638 old style (Indian name Mattacheese, Mattakeese). Common land, County seat. 1641, bounds between Barnstable and Yarmouth. 1672, Sandwich bounds established. 1894, Mashpee bounds fixed. April 24, 1916, bounds with Mashpee established and part of Sandwich annexed.

Villages or Sections:
Centerville, Cobbs Village, East Barnstable, Cotuit, Craigville, Cummaquid, Grand Island, Hyannis, Hyannis Port, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport, Marstons Mills, Pond Village, Osterville, Sandy Neck, Santuit, South Hyannis, West Barnstable, Barnstable, Wianno, Oyster Harbors, Newtown.

Points of Interest:
Crocker House, Main Street, built about 1754.
County Court House.
Ocean Street Docks, Hyannis.
Main Street, Hyannis.
Cape Cod Central Railroad and dinner train, Hyannis.
The Sturgis Library, oldest library in America in the home of the Reverend John Lothrop.
Ancient Cemetery of the East Precinct, on Lothrop Hill.
Grave of lyanough, Indian Sachem (chief).
Old West Parish Meeting House, oldest Congregational Church building in America 1717.

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