Inhabited by the Pilgrims in the 1600s, Bourne, Massachusetts is the first town travelers cross when entering Cape Cod. Known as the gateway to Cape Cod, Bourne provides the fun of Cape life while enabling relatively quick access to New Bedford, Providence and Boston, making it an ideal location for those commuting to work in these larger cities.
Villages of Bourne
Situated within Bourne are the villages of Bournedale, Buzzards Bay, Cataumet, Monument Beach, Pocasset, Sagamore and Sagamore Beach. The town is largely rural with a shoreline that has long attracted fishermen and sportsmen. Several small ponds and rivers are spread throughout the area, along with inlets and sheltered harbors.
The Bourne Area
Physically divided into Cape and mainland portions in 1914, the Cape Cod Canal was built to cut the distance for waterborne traffic between New York City and Boston and eliminate the treacherous, often windy voyage around the Cape. Today, tens of thousands of boats and ships pass through the bending waterway and is a well-known tourist attraction. Bike paths run along both sides of the Canal for roughly 8 miles between the Sagamore Bridge and Bourne Bridge. It’s a popular spot for runners, bikers, and roller-bladers, as well as birders, fishermen and photographers. The Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge, an amazing vertical lift bridge crossing the canal waterway, was the longest in the world when it was completed in 1935. It’s now used as a crossing for the CapeFLYER Boston-to-Hyannis passenger train, which operates weekends in season.
Things To Do in Bourne
In the heart of town, visitors will find the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum, the nation’s oldest store and a replica of what is believed to be one of the earliest remains of a Pilgrim building, as well as the famous Joseph Jefferson Windmill and the Gray Gables Railroad Station
Much like other towns on the Cape, Bourne is full of artists who lend their talents to highlight the region's natural beauty. Located in Bourne’s Sagamore Village is Pairpoint Glass, America’s oldest glass company; Burmese Glass creations by Pairpoint were even gifted to Queen Victoria and President Grover Cleveland in 1886. One can watch glassblowers in action as they create their masterpieces, including everything from custom hand-blown glass sconces, vases, and chandeliers to bowls, barware and ornaments.
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