Did you know?
Did you know the oldest wooden jail still standing is in Barnstable? Built c.1690
This season we’re proud of 2 new exhibits: Early Industries of Cape Cod and our Tool room (so new the signage is almost complete!)
From its inception, the Society took a leading role in documenting the 7 villages of Barnstable’s local history. We took charge of moving the Old Jail to the grounds of the Custom House and now we oversee that as well as the Blacksmith Shop (both are available for tours by calling 508-280-3864
The Barnstable Historical Society, across the street from the Sturgis Library, houses a virtual treasure chest of history providing research assistance to schools, authors and the public.
Founded in 1939, on the 300th anniversary of the Town of Barnstable, our collection dates from the 17th century to the 20th century and consists of maritime paintings, portraits of sea captains and their wives, ships’ logs, ships’ models, vintage photographs, trade artifacts from around the world, Sandwich glass, a quilt collection, silver artifacts, antique furniture, correspondence, diaries, and much more.
Our grounds are open to the public and boast gardens, paths and benches for a place to relax and reflect.
Admission and times
Open mid-June to mid-October
Wednesday - Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Or email for an appointment
Individual Membership $25
Family Membership – $50