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Tale of Two Villages-The North and the South View of our Town

  • Town of Barnstable 367 Main St. Hyannis, Ma. United States (map)

The "Art on Loan" program displays the works of local artists and cultural organizations on the meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.  The current exhibit, “A Tale of Two Villages” is on display in the Barnstable Town Hall 2nd floor meeting rooms now through October 15, 2019.   From the ever changing Main Street of Hyannis to the evolving uses of Barnstable Harbor, the history of these villages is explored with photographs of work and life.  This exhibit is a joint project of the Barnstable Historical Society and the Hyannis Historical Society:

 Nancy Shoemaker, Town Historian, shares information about both historical societies:

 About the Hyannis Historical Society: 

This organization celebrates the rich history of the Town of Barnstable’s central village.  Its members are committed to the “protection, preservation and promotion of our community’s unique and diverse historic fabric.”


The Hyannis Historical Society had been defunct for decades with only traces of their artifacts left at the Hyannis Library. The Society was given a second life in May 2016. The Society is looking into a partnership with and home at the Hyannis Public Library.

 “The purpose of the Society shall be to create and foster interest in the history of the Village of Hyannis; to promote historical research; to collect and provide care and custody of historical documents and artifacts; to provide educational opportunities; and to provide analysis or commentary to Town or other organizations about historic structures within the village.”

 About the Barnstable Historical Society:

Barnstable Historical Society was founded in 1939 with a mission to preserve the cultural heritage and maritime history of the seven villages of the Town of Barnstable.

 Barnstable Historical Society’s home, the Phinney/Jones House was built c.1834 by Sylvanus Bourne Phinney.  Phinney was the founder and publisher of The Barnstable Patriot, a local newspaper founded in 1830 and still published today.

 The collection includes memorabilia from Barnstable’s seafaring days, ships’ models, a quilt collection, kitchen tools, paintings, documents from the 17th to 20th centuries, a children’s room, treasures from Barnstable residents of years past, and Donald G. Trayser’s collection of photographs and documents. Trayser was a former editor of The Barnstable Patriot, as well as the author/editor of “The Seven Villages of Barnstable.”

The Barnstable Historical Society’s Phinney/Jones House, is open to visitors mid-June to mid-October, Wednesday-Saturday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Find them on Facebook: Barnstable Historical Society

 The Artwork on Loan program at Town Hall is free and open to the public. The current exhibit is on display now through October 15, 2019 in the Barnstable Town Hall Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis. Free parking is available in the Town Hall Parking Lot. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (except State and Federal holidays) and frequently opens during evening hours for scheduled meetings. For more information on this program email 508-862-4767