Historic Districts in Orleans

Old Kings Highway Regional Historic District

The Old King’s Highway Historic District encompasses what was historically the principal east–west thoroughfare through Barnstable, Massachusetts… The area includes the main population centers of Barnstable from its founding in the late 1630s until the mid-19th century, when the southern parts of the community became more significant in economic prominence. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.  (from Wikipedia)

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Orleans Historic Preservation District – Proposed

A major project of the Orleans Historical Commission is to establish a historic district on Main Street in East Orleans. This district could include the span of Main Street from the Methodist Church to the Barley Neck Inn, or some portion therein. The purpose of this district would be to provide protection to what is one of the last remaining large historic streetscapes, preserving the heritage, character, and “look and feel” of our Town. If enacted, the district could prevent the demolition of our historic treasures, as well as modifications and new construction that could degrade the special historic and architectural character of this streetscape.

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For information about the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation, go to here.

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