Points of Interest
Highland Light (officially known as Cape Cod Light)--due to eroding cliffs this lighthouse will be moved to the neighboring Highland Golf Links. Truro Historical Museum, Pilgrim Heights Interpretive Shelter, Jenny Lind Tower.
Truro's quiet, unpretentious simplicity is both charming and misleading--this is a town full of interesting people and unexpected events. Truro's wild natural beauty come from the dramatic combination of sandy cliffs and prehistoric kettle holes which make its beaches unsurpassed. Home of Cape Cod's oldest lighthouse, Highland Light, this town has a year round population of only 1500, who enjoy an Annual Dump Dance, a real dance at a real dump, symbolic of the self-effacing eccentricity of its residents. Truro has a number of summer homes in strikingly modern architecture not typical of the rest of the Cape. There are a small number of restaurants but Truro is close enough to Provincetown to enjoy its offerings. The National Seashore and Castle Hill Center for the Arts make Truro an attractive destination for those seeking natural beauty in a unique setting.
The town of Truro (pop. 1,700) has had several different names since it was settled in 1697. Originally it was known as Payomet or Pamet after the Native Americans who lived there; for a while in 1705 it was referred to as Dangerfield due to all the offshore sailing accidents. In 1709 the name "Truroe"was finally settled on, being named after a Cornish town which it resembled. Whaling, codfishing and ship building were the principal industries. The harbor was filled with activity until the mid-1800's when heavy winds and tides combined to fill in the once-active harbor.
Truro Treasures is an annual weekend festival held in September. The featured event is the Truro "Dump Dance" which is held the Saturday night of the festival at- you guessed it- the town dump.
- Head of the Meadow: Head of the Meadow Road off Route 6
- High Head: Access point for four-wheel drive vehicles from Route 6
- Long Nook: Long Nook Road off Route 6
- Ballston: North Pamet Road from South Pamet Road off Route 6
- Corn Hill: Corn Hill Road from Castle Road off Route 6
- Fisher: Fisher Road off Old County from Prince Valley off Route 6
- Ryder: Ryder Beach Road from Old County Road off Prince Valley Road off Route 6
- Great Hollow: Great Hollow Road off Route 6
- Christian Union Church, Route 6A: 508-432-3734
- Sacred Heart Church
- First Congregational Church, Bridge Road: 508-349-7735
- Protestant Community Church
- Truro Historical Museum, Highland Road: 508-487-3397
- Truro Public Library, 5 Library Lane (off Standish Way), 508-487-1125
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