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Town of Orleans in Barnstable County, Massachusetts.


Town Hall

Quick Facts

Orleans was named in honor of Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orleans

Establishment and former town name(s)

Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].

3 March 1797: Incorporated as a town, from part of Eastham (St 1796, c64)

Archiac name: Namskaket, Pochet

Section/Villages within the town: Barleyneck, East Orleans, Namskaket, Nemequoit, North Orleans, Orleans Center, Pochet, Portnomequot, Rock Harbor, South Orleans, Tonset, West Orleans

Wikipedia: Orleans, Massachusetts

Boundary Changes

9 March 1839: Part of Eastham annexed.

20 February 1861: Bounds between Orleans and Brewster established.

4 April 1862: Bounds between Orleans and Harwich established.

14 April 1862: Bounds between Orleans and Chatham established.

23 March 1867: Bounds between Orleans and Eastham established and part of each town annexed to the other town.

20 June 1935: Bounds between Orleans and Brewster re-established.

Neighboring Towns

Brewster | Chatham | Harwich | Wellfleet | Cape Code Bay to the northwest, Atlantic Ocean to the east




East Orleans Cemetery aka Meetinghouse Road Cemetery (1812)
east of Meetinghouse Road

Freeman Smallpox Cemetery
off Rte 28 near Pleasant Bay
South Orleans

Methodist Meeting House Cemetery aka Orleans Center Cemetery (1818)
Rte 6A and Main St
Orleans Center

Orleans Cemetery (1723)
Rte 6A, Main St.
East Orleans

Rogers Family Cemetery (1816)
Harwich Rd, between 28 and 39

Church History and Records



  1. USGS GNIS FID 618257
  2. Google
  3. Hometown Locator



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