Translated as "the greater cove" from the native word “massnippe,” Mashpee, Massachusetts is bounded by Sandwich to the north, Barnstable to the east, and Falmouth to the west.
History of Mashpee
The town was established as a reserve for the last remaining descendants of the Mashpee Tribe of Wampanoag – the Native Americans who inhabited the area many centuries before the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620. Wampanoag culture and history still define much of the town's character today. The federally recognized Tribe has its own museum on Main Street, celebrating the Tribe’s special connection to the Cape, and an annual PowWow celebration on tribal grounds every summer for all to enjoy.
Things To Do in Mashpee
When looking for things to do in town, Mashpee’s sandy beaches, freshwater ponds, and superior shopping woodlands provide a little something for everyone. With four of the largest freshwater ponds on Cape Cod and thousands of acres of conservation land, Mashpee offers exceptional fishing and walking trails. The town also has more than five miles of ocean beaches on Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds, and extensive waterfront on both Waquoit and Popponesset Bays. Nature lovers will certainly want to check out Mashpee’s South Cape Beach State Park, an ideal location to swim, fish, birdwatch, kayak or hike. In the winter, snowy owls are frequent visitors here. In the summer, a series of week-long science schools represent an interactive opportunity for children of all ages to learn about the coastal ecology of the Cape.
Mashpee Commons, an open-air shopping center noted for its traditional New England-style architecture, serves as the downtown hub of the town, with a mix of specialty restaurants, national & local retailers, a public library, a bowling alley bistro and residential options. Free community events are held at the sidewalk-lined Commons year-round, including outdoor movie screenings, sidewalk sales, a farmers’ market and seasonal festivals.
Just a few miles away from Mashpee’s hub is the village of New Seabury, a premier luxury resort and residential community where you’ll find a country club, two premier golf courses, five oceanfront restaurants and an outdoor marketplace with quaint shops, cafes and boutiques.
If you’re looking to become one of the town’s newest homeowners, contact Demakis Family Real Estate’s nearby Mattapoisett office for more information. You can also create an account to save your searches and receive updates when homes you may be interested in hit the market!