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July 27, 2015

“Cotuit”; “purchased” 1648 A.D.

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:40 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the cloudy, muggy, warm island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this 27th day of July, 2015; a good Monday morning to you and yours!  It is time for yet another installment in the 25 part series, ‘Better Know Your District!”, (credit “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert), I mean, ‘better know your Cape town or Island’! Today’s fifth installment is one of the seven towns of Barnstable, “Cotuit”; ‘where the ocean meets the wood’…

This town in between Hyannis to the East and Falmouth to the West, on the south side of the town of Barnstable–a heavily wooded area with 12 miles of coast line–is home to the Cape Cod Baseball League’s “Cotuit Kettler’s”; a strong baseball team within this fantastic AAA baseball league that sees plenty of it’s team members go on to the major leagues, just one of the many great past times here on Cape Cod. All games ’round the horn all free and occurring all the time!  Just an idea for those nights with the kids and you have become numb to the concept of any more miniature golf… The five square mile town is actually surrounded by water, thus located on a peninsula, and is primarily a residential municipality whose population–like Osterville and Nantucket–balloons in summer months, featuring four popular beaches “Ropes”, “Riley’s”, “Loop”, and “Oregon”.

Not heavy on commercialism, the village general store is the only place of real business, that and “the Kettle Hoe”; the only bar/restaurant in this quaint, out of the way village that was once part of a major land purchase back in 1648 by Plymouth’s Myles Standish. Myles “negotiated” a deal with the Wampanoag’s headman of the Cotachesett– allegedly located on or near the island known today as “Oyster Harbors”, or Grand Island–Paupmunnuck. A ‘deal’ that included: “one brass kettle, seven spans of wideness round about and one broad hoe” in exchange for twenty square miles of land in what is now the south western section of Barnstable.  Property values that would take more than this reporter’s current pay grade to calculate in today’s ‘bull’ market and all!

The name “Cotuit’ was actually derived from those wise Wampanoag peoples, translating into “A place of council”. The oldest standing house in Cotuit was built by Josiah Sampson in 1793, with much of the architecture in the town of that Federal-style New England motif.  It is rumored that the late, great Teddy Kennedy–the “Last Lion of the Senate”–and sorely missed Massachusetts Democratic Senator for what seemed an eternity, once enjoyed a few ‘pints’ at the now gone “Harbor View Hotel” and subsequent tavern, as the town settled in for what some consider to be one of the sleepiest places on this little sand bar created 11.500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age. But, make no mistake about it, the town of Cotuit is full of life and passion, with the “Cotuit Center for the Arts” alive and well every summer, as well as the famous  July 4th parade.  Along with the many other Arts festivals going on all summer, a vibrant library and much, much more, one can get not only a whole lot of rest, but also take in the finer things of life!  Perhaps just walking the many quiet country roads in any season, truly bringing one back to the days of ‘yore, when this country of OURS was just a twinkling in some rebels eye…

Have a great week ahead folks!


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