Harwich Community Information

Students in Dennis are part of the Yarmouth-Dennis School District that features six elementary schools and one middle and high school. The Harwich School District has one school for each level. Both districts have excellent reputations with high test scores and a high percentage of students who continue on to college.

While the Central Cape shares much in terms of history, each of the many communities has its own distinct personality.

Harwich is home to three protected harbors that offer opportunities for fishing, scuba diving, or boating and sailing. Wychmere Harbor is considered one of the most scenic harbors in the world. The ideal site for a regatta, Harwich Port hosts Sails Around the Cape, a 155-mile boat race to P'town and back via the canal. There are several overlooks on Route 28 from which you can view the harbor activity.

Excellent fresh-water ponds, particularly Long Pond, a 743-acre lake, the largest on Cape, provide perfect locations for swimming and canoeing. Wildlife abounds in the unspoiled conservation areas of West Harwich and Hawknest. Route 28 features art galleries with a fine variety of styles.

The seven villages offer unique shopping opportunities, historic sites, and sports recreation. Dining establishments cover a range of settings from elegant to take-out. Fresh Atlantic seafood attracts fine diners year-round. Cultural resources abound in the Harwiches, with galleries showcasing their works of fine arts, Brooks Academy Museum displaying historic artifacts local to this area, performing arts at the Harwich Junior Theater, music at the Town Band Concerts and outdoor art shows organized by the local art guild.

Harwich's fall Cranberry Harvest Festival is the biggest small town festival in the country, fitting for the birthplace of the cranberry industry.

Dennis combines its traditional New England heritage with modern day conveniences. The villages feature scenic historic districts hailing back to whaling days, while tranquil tree-lined streets meander through Dennis Port and West Dennis. Sixteen inviting beaches lie on the warm waters of Nantucket Sound to the south and on the crisp refreshing waters of Cape Cod Bay to the north.

Numerous recreation trails offer healthful relaxation, and well-developed business districts throughout the villages provide ample goods and services. Residents of Dennis feel a sense of pride in their home by the sea. The quiet little town, incorporated in 1793, was named for Josiah Dennis, a favorite minister. The town was involved in the maritime activities of the 1800s and was full of the amazing tales of clipper ship adventures. As the twentieth century approached and the glory days of sea captains faded, Dennis residents turned to commercial fishing and land-based industries.

Dennis comes into its own during the summer months, with special events every week. Home to the nation's oldest summer theater, the Cape Playhouse, Dennis offers varied summer activities, with arts and craft shows, concerts on the village green and Dennis Festival Days, held in August, which celebrate the friendly heritage of the town and its residents. The Cape Museum of Fine Arts keeps the area alive with contemporary art from the many cape artists.

Bikers enjoy traversing the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which starts its 20-mile route to Eastham in Dennis. Walking trails abound at local conservation areas including Crow's Pasture, Fresh Pond, Indian Lands, Romig-Jacquinet Area, Simpkins Neck, and Whitfield Johnson Nature Trail.

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