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orleans historical society

While most of us simply enjoying soaking in the beauty and history of Cape Cod, at least one group is working to preserve it for generations to come.  The Orleans Historical Society takes an active interest in ensuring that locals and visitors never forget the historical attributes of the region.

With a new executive director in place, the Orleans Historical Society hopes to move the town’s history into the future.  In late 2015 the society announced that Gail Nessell Colglazier would take on a leadership position starting in 2016.  Colglazier is the new executive director, and along with new and established board members she will likely lead the establishment of a master plan for the community to store and showcase historic relics in the future,

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nauset beach orleansOne of the most popular places on the Cape, Nauset Beach is a true treasure for both locals and seasonal visitors.  The public beach is known for its surfing and swimming, complete with fantastic spots for sunbathing, too.  While the ocean water is sometimes cool, it certainly doesn’t deter the crowds, in search of fantastic waves and miles of sand.  It’s also an excellent location for families to spend a fun, leisurely afternoon.

While Nauset Beach shares a similar name with Nauset Light Beach, the two are entirely different.  Nauset Beach includes 10-miles of white sand and surf, stretching from Orleans to Chatham.  It is a popular location for swimming and boogie boarding, while surfing is permitted between the hours of 9am-6pm along the non-protected

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kugel gipps house wellfleet ma

While Cape Cod is rich with history, one group is working to help preserve some of the Cape’s most unique, recognizable and historic architecture.  The Cape Cod Modern House Trust aims to preserve some of the modern homes still standing in the region and make them available for generations to come.

Since 2007, the preservation group has been hard at work, along with the National Park Service, helping to restore, document and stabilize some of the modernist homes found on Cape Cod.  These homes include the works of renowned architects such as Serge Chermayeff, Marcel Breuer, Olav Hammarston, Charles Zehnder, Oliver Morton and Jack Hall.  The homes all share unique design elements, blending indoor and outdoor living space, inspired by the natural beauty

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mac's shack wellfleetWhen it comes to finding fresh seafood on Cape Cod your choices are seemingly endless.  The region is known for its fantastic array of delicacies, straight out of the waters surrounding the beautiful local communities.  To help you narrow down the list, we came up with a few of our favorite Cape Cod seafood restaurants.

Mac’s Seafood

First on our list is Mac’s Seafood.  With locations all across Cape Cod, Mac’s Seafood is a good choice no matter which part of the Cape you’re visiting.  Mac’s Shack is open seasonally in Wellfleet, while Mac’s on the Pier offers the ease of window ordering on Wellfleet Harbor.  Mac’s Fish House Provincetown is a more upscale location with a full sushi and raw bar.

Mac’s also offers several markets including Mac’s Market

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strong island chatham ma

To truly enjoy the natural beauty and untapped resources of Cape Cod, you’ll want to keep a trip to Strong Island in Chatham on your list of “must-dos”.  This beautiful island  sits a mere 900 feet or so offshore, surrounding hikers with rich foliage and undisturbed wildlife.  The eastern edge of the island, especially, is full of some great sites to see.  The northern end of the island is where you will find a fantastic sheltered, white sand beach.  The island also contains forests of oak and pine trees.

Available for private and public use, Strong Island is partially owned by the Chatham Conservation Foundation.  The owner gave a large number of acres to the Foundation in the mid 1970s, and then the Foundation purchased additional acreage. 

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cape cod new construction

When it comes to deciding whether to build a new home or simply purchase an existing home, there is obviously much to consider.  With a new home you gain the opportunity to build and design exactly what you want, while with existing homes you don’t have to worry about making countless decisions while waiting for your home to be built.  Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of both:

Existing Home

With an existing home some of the pros are obvious; once you make an offer, it’s approved and you close, you’re likely able to move into the home within about a month, or maybe two.  It’s more convenient if you have to move and need a place immediately for your new job or to start school.

Other pros of purchasing an existing home are that they

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