Points of Interest
Lowell Holly Reservation, Wampanoag Indian Museum, Indian Meetinghouse, New Seabury, South Cape Beach & State Park, Mashpee River Woodlands trails, Nantucket Sound.
Mashpee (including New Seabury and Popponesset) has a unique history, firmly rooted in its Native American Wampanoag background. It has experienced steady but sustainable growth over the past few years. With Popponesset Marketplace, Vineyard and Nantucket Sound beaches, several parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and the Boch Center for the Performing Arts, Mashpee has something for everyone.
Mashpee's history is firmly planted in its Native American background. In 1660, a seemingly civic-minded citizen, Richard Bourne, bought a tract of land and promptly set it aside for Native Americans. Known as the Mashpee Plantation, this was the first Reservation in the United States. It was Bourne's intent that this land be set aside for Native Americans to be their home "forever". What a short time forever is. The settlers decided that the Native Americans needed to learn about their god and become "civilized" and so on May 28, 1870, Mashpee was founded as a town.
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