CapeLinks Cape Cod: Harwich

History: Settled 1688, named after Harwich, Essex, England. Originally known as Satuckett (Satucket), Incorporated September 14, 1694. 1722, part annexed to Eastham, February 19, 1803, part annexed to Brewster. April 25, 1848, part of Brewster annexed. April 4, 1862, bounds between Harwich and Orleans established. April 14, 1862, bounds between Harwich and Chatham established.

Villages or Sections:
Harwich Center, East Harwich, West Harwich, South Harwich, North Harwich, Pleasant Lake, Harwich Port.

Points of Interest:
Old Powder House at Harwich Center.
First commercial cranberry bog on the Cape (Alvin Cahoon in 1845-1846).
Congregational Church at Harwich Center, built in 1834.
Saquatucket Harbor, Wychmere Harbor and Allen's Harbor.
John Roger's statuettes at Brooks Library.

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  • Branded Hand of Harwich
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  • An Older Harwich
    In John Hayward’s “New England Gazetteer,” published 1839, is found this account of Harwich:
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