Jane Orchard

Realtor, Broker, & Associate - Kinlin Grover Real Estate

56 Scranton Ave, Falmouth, MA 02540

Phone: 508.560.2004  -  Fax: 508.548.2061  -  Email: Jane@JaneOrchard.com

RSPS, Resort and Second Home Property Specialist

SRS, Accredited Seller Representative

ABR, Accredited Buyer Representative

Kinlin Grover Real Estate


This page contains an overview and links for Orleans schools, libraries, natural resources, government, recreation, and real estate, as well as miscellaneous links.

Photos courtesy of Philip Greenspun and the Town of Orleans


Orleans, incorporated in 1797, lies on the outer Cape between Cape Cod Bay on the west and Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic on the east. The town has beautiful beaches and views of Pleasant Bay that rival the best seaside views in the world. Orleans has a small town feel while being the commercial center of the outer Cape.

In 1642 the first permanent settlement was established by Nicholas Snow and his family. Settlers purchased rights to the town from Mattaguason, sachem of the Manamoyick Indians. The Colonial economy was built on agriculture, especially corn, rye and wheat, plus the growing of hay and vegetables. In the 18th century commercial fishing and shellfishing supplemented local incomes, and residents worked on herring boats and hunted whales.

By the 19th century, residents serviced coastal packets from Boston, and several windmills created power resources in the town, and many residents relied on cod and mackerel fishing to earn a living. Life long residents recall that in those days the very old and the very young farmed, while all the able-bodied men fished. Fishing in Orleans declined as competition from larger boats and larger ports grew, but the town had established a commercial importance on the Cape as a market center for other communities.

Small businesses like the Mayo Duck Farm that produced 50,000 ducklings in 1918 were welcomed by the town, but the major modern change in Orleans was spurred by the impact of summer development. This resort home development, which accelerated between 1915 and 1940 and still continues, has had the greatest effect on the town and in turn has supported increasing commercial development along Route 6. (Narrative in part courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.)


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