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History: Settled 1645, named after East Ham, England. Originally named Nawsett (Nauset). Incorporated June 7, 1651, old style. 1763, part established as district of Wellfleet. 1772, part of Harwich annexed. 1797, part of Eastham established as Orleans. 1839, part annexed to Orleans. 1847, part annexed to Wellfleet. March 23, 1867, bounds between Eastham and Orleans established and part of each town annexed to the other town. May 6, 1887, bounds between tidewaters of Eastham and Wellfeet established.

Villages or Sections:
Eastham Center, Great Pond, Long Pond, Nauset, North Eastham, South Eastham, First Encounter, Cole Brook, Thumpertown, Camp Meeting, Silver Spring, Cook's Brook.

Points of Interest:
Site of "First Encounter" between the Pilgrims and the Indians, December 8, 1620.
Site of Home of Governor Thomas Prence, chosen Governor in 1634, again in 1638, and served in that office continuously until his death in 1673.
Old Windmill, opposite Town Hall on First Encounter Road.
Nauset Light.
Nauset Coast Guard Station.
Site of the home of Deacon John Doane, near Nauset Station.

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