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History: Obtained from the Indians by Richard Bourne in 1669 at his own expense. Later known as Mashpee Plantation. Founded as Mashpee on May 28, 1870, from tract known as the District of Mashpee, and only as late as April 24, 1916, were the final bounds between Mashpee and Barnstable recorded. Named after the Indian word, "Massapee or Massipee", meaning "Great River".

Villages or Sections:
Aquashnet (Aquashenet), Chimquist, East Mashpee, Mashpee, New Seabury, Popponessett, Sconset Village, Seconsett Island, South Mashpee, Wakeby.

Points of Interest: Old Indian Church, built in 1684.
Old Burying Ground at the Church.
Mashpee Lake and Camp Farley.
Trout streams where Daniel Webster, Grover Cleveland, and Joseph Jefferson often fished.

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  • Town of Mashpee MA Overview & Map
    The Town of Mashpee is the fastest growing municipality in Massachusetts. Along with the Martha’s Vineyard Town of Gay Head, it is also unique as one of the remaining homes of the Wampanoag Nation,…
  • The Mashpee Indians
    The Cape Cod Indians were made up of several tribes. Of these the Mashpee were the most important. Richard Bourne, the first minister in charge of an Indian Church at Mashpee labored faithfully and…
  • Mashpee in 1837
    John Hayward, in his New England Gazetteer; published 1839, had this to say about Mashpee, which he spelled “Marshpee”:
  • Least Known Of All Cape Cod Towns
    Mashpee, once an Indian reservation and once one of the least known of all Cape Cod towns, is bordered by Sandwich, Barnstable, Falmouth, and Vineyard Sound.
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