Hyannis, the largest village in Barnstable, was a busy harbor in the 18th and 19th centuries, attracting businesses and people to support its maritime industries. Today, it is the urban center of the Cape where year-round residents find excellent health care, schools, and shopping centers as well as restaurants, museums, and sports and entertainment venues.
Highlights of Hyannis:
• All proceeds from the book go to the Hyannis Public Library. The majority of vintage photographs and postcards used in the book are from their archives.
• Hyannis has been a vacation destination since the railroad arrived in town and continues to draw visitors from all over the world. In the beginning of its tourism, Hyannis offered beautiful beaches, balmy breezes, and sailable seas. These assets remain, but the Kennedy mystique added a new glow to the town and Hyannis Port where the Kennedys lived. To this day, tourists come in busloads to see the various sites that President Kennedy and his family so loved.
• Many buildings from the 19th century remain along Hyannis’ Main Street and have but have become the sites of completely different uses than the original. Today’s Town Hall was first a Normal School for Teachers, then the Massachusetts Maritime College, and finally Cape Cod Community College. Also the Odd Fellows Hall has had a host of different tenants over the decades, but keeps a portion of its space for the organization.
Janet M. Daly documents the past of Hyannis using images from the Hyannis Public Library Association, the Barnstable Patriot, and her own modern photographs.
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