You can see, hear, feel, and sometimes even smell, the history throughout Massachusetts. Check out the very rock where the Pilgrims landed, and visit Plimoth Plantation to see what life was like in the 1600’s, before cell phones and reality TV. Walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every step tells a story of the American Revolution. Hear the famous “shot heard round the world” on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Get goose bumps sitting where giants in the abolitionist movement sat in the brilliantly restored African American Meeting House. Feel the hull of Old Ironsides, otherwise known as the USS Constitution. What did the 1830’s smell like? Apparently awesome, according to the bread they’re baking and the candles they’re dipping over at Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums.

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  • Highfield Hall & Gardens

    Falmouth

    Highfield Hall & Gardens is an engaging historic property that has been restored and revitalized to serve as a place... more

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  • 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum

    Dennis

    Home of man for whom town of Dennis was named; artifacts of maritime and whaling history in 1736 saltbox home; children's... more

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  • Barnstable Village Walking Tour

    Barnstable

    Free self guided walking tour of historic Barnstable village. more

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  • Chatham Railroad Museum

    Chatham

    Restored depot houses,1910 caboose, and 10,000 models, photographs, and relics. more

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  • Captain Edward Penniman House

    Eastham

    1868 home of a wealthy whaling captain and his family more

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  • Mashpee Wampanoag Museum

    Mashpee

    The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Museum was a dream, then a passion of Amelia Peters Bingham, in which she saw the... more

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  • The Old Grist Mill and Herring Run

    Brewster

    The Gristmill (c. 1873) uses the falling water of Stony Brook to power its waterwheel. Inside, the miller grinds corn on... more

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  • Three Sisters Lights

    Eastham

    Est. in 1838. Grounds open only. more

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  • Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum

    Yarmouth Port

    Sea captain's house 8 rooms fully furnished provide a glimpse into 19th century life. more

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  • The Crosby Mansion

    Brewster

    Standing tall on a rise of land with sweeping views of Cape Cod bay, the three-story mansion is also a... more

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  • Old Colonial Courthouse

    Barnstable

    The Olde Colonial Courthouse was the second courthouse constructed in Barnstable County, MA. This building was used exclusively for court... more

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  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... more

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  • Wing Fort House

    East Sandwich

    17th/18th century house with period rooms. more

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  • Scargo Tower

    Dennis

    Scargo Tower began as a tourist observatory in 1874. Made of wood, it was destroyed in a gale two years later.... more

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  • Aquinnah Cultural Center

    Aquinnah,

    Aquinnah Wampanoag 19th house museum. Exhibits, programs, special events that relate traditional, 19th century and contemporary culture and history. more

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  • Atwood House Museum

    Chatham

    The mission of the Chatham Historical Society is to inform and educate present and future generations about the history and... more

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  • Old Harbor Life Saving Station

    Provincetown

    Established in 1897, Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station was originally situated on Nauset Beach at the Chatham Harbor entrance.... more

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  • Old Higgins Farm Windmill

    Brewster

    Brewster's Windmill, also known as, Old Higgin's Farm Windmill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 10, 1975 more

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  • Osterville Historical Museum

    Osterville

    Home of the Crosby Boats. Learn about the history of the village of Osterville and the famous Crosby Boats. Explore... more

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  • Aptucxet Trading Post Museum Complex-Bourne Historical Society

    Bourne

    Replica of Pilgrim-Dutch trading post; windmill; 17th-century herb and wildflower gardens; Native American artifacts; picnic area. Salt works, Gray Gables... more

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