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west yarmouth ma Photo: Bud Ellison

Home to three major villages today, the Town of Yarmouth offers beaches, golf courses and parks. It also offers plenty of history, and it’s likely there are a few things you may not know about Yarmouth.

To begin with, the name Yarmouth probably originated from an old English township north of London. None of the town’s first settlers came from its English counterpart, but during the time of the Pilgrims, Yarmouth, England was considered an important seaport on the Yare River.

It’s thought perhaps some Dutch passengers aboard the Mayflower traveled through the Port of Yarmouth in route to England. It may also be that the Bass River reminded the Pilgrims of the Yare River back in England.

Whatever the case, the name Yarmouth

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bass river boatsPhoto: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Made up of three unique villages, there’s plenty to see, experience and explore in Yarmouth.

Yarmouth Port

Filled with historic sites and attractions, Yarmouth Port is home to such local delights as the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. The old sea captain’s home is a great way to see what 19th century life was like on Cape Cod. The Edward Gorey House museum also sits in a centuries-old sea captain’s home in Yarmouth Port.

The village is additionally home to the old Kelley Chapel, built in the late 1800s and the popular Bass Hole Boardwalk at Gray’s Beach. When you go, be sure to walk all the way to the end to take in some of the best views of Cape Cod. Gray’s Beach, itself, may be small but

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cape cod rail trail

It’s full speed ahead for the Cape Cod Rail Trail, as crews move into the third phase of the trail’s extension project. Phase three is expected to eventually take the trail from Peter Homer Park in South Yarmouth and continue it on to Barnstable.

Right now, phase three of the Cape Cod Rail Trail extension is said to be in the early design phase. State transportation officials are seeking out public input on the project. People have a couple of more weeks to submit comments and give feedback.

In all, the nearly four-and-a-half-mile long expansion project is expected to top $9 million. Most of the cost is being covered by state and federal funds.

As part of phase three, crews plan to upgrade an already existing shared use path in Yarmouth.

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point gammon lighthouse - great islandPhoto: Mark

A hidden gem on Cape Cod, picturesque Great Island is known for its stylish homes and exclusive atmosphere. Many of the homes in this part of West Yarmouth are in the multi-million-dollar range, with water views, deep-water docks and some private beaches.

Extremely restrictive, the only way for most people to see Great Island is by invitation or by boat, as the island is no longer open to the public. While Great Island has been an elite location for generations, it wasn’t always as restrictive to visitors as it is today.

Back in the early 19th century the only thing on the island was a smallpox hospital. Eventually, a lighthouse joined the peninsula, and that’s the way the island remained for much of the 1800s.

Fast-forward several

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bass river - cape cod real estate

Officially the town line between Yarmouth and Dennis, the Bass River is equally important to both communities. A popular spot for boating and fishing in central Cape Cod, the river provides plenty of fun for locals and visitors alike, from waterskiing and kayaking, to fishing and fun along the shore.

As the largest river on Cape Cod, the Bass River virtually divides the Cape in half, running from the areas of Follins and Mill ponds in the north to Nantucket Sound in the south. A center island called Marsh Island separates the river into Old Field Channel, which flows towards West Dennis, and the main channel, which passes by Windmill Beach, Ship Shops Marina, Bass River Yacht Club and Bass River Marina.

The river remains especially popular with

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point gammon light - west yarmouth

Photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM

For exclusivity in West Yarmouth, there’s nothing quite like Great Island. Serving up an intimate environment for its residents, this stunning gated community sits on a more than 500-acre Cape Cod peninsula. Filled with miles of private beaches and natural beauty, the location is also extremely private.

Only three-dozen homes and a handful of cottages make up Great Island, some of which are priced in the multi-million dollar range. From Nantucket-style homes with stunning water views to private boat docks, you’ll find it all living on Great Island.

Homeowners here are treated to such desirable amenities as a beach club, tennis courts, a 10-hole golf course and a protected marina with deep-water docks. The island, however,

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bass river - dennis ma

If you want to hit the water in Cape Cod, there’s plenty of opportunity to do it.  One of the favorites for both boaters and kayakers is heading out along the Bass River.  You’ll find an eleven mile stretch of river, flowing between Dennis and Yarmouth before meeting up with Nantucket Sound.
The mouth of the river is near West Dennis Beach, a popular place for kite boarding.  Here, you’ll also find a large bay called Marsh Island in the middle of the river.  The island splits the Bass River into two.  On the right, Old Field Channel heads towards West Dennis and The Fingers.  The left side passes by Bass River Yacht Club, Windmill Beach, Ship Shops Marina, as well as the Bass River Marina and Yacht Club.  After this, the river flows under the Route 28

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