Town of Orleans Historical Commission
Research a Property
The Massachusetts Historical Commission maintains a database on all properties in Massachusetts that are listed on their town’s historic inventory. The database is called MACRIS (Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System). Orleans has about 1400 entries in that system. The Historical Commission has linked the addresses in Orleans with the entries in MACRIS. You can perform a search to see the MACRIS data by entering an address below. If there is information in MACRIS, a link will be displayed that will take you directly to the MACRIS information. In some cases the information is available on this site. If it is, you will be linked direct to the relevant document (pdf).
Use the filters below to search by keyword; full or partial terms will work.
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Disclaimer: The list of properties used for searching against the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) is an unofficial mapping and should be used for informational purposes only. Multi-unit properties are listed by a single address unless there are multiple corresponding historical listings to that address. Other limitations apply.
Orleans Properties File Column Definitions
NUMBER – Street number per Orleans tax assessor
STREET – Street name per Orleans tax assessor
YEAR BUILT – Assessors year built
MACRIS YEAR – from MACRIS; character field which may contain prefix of c (for circa) or r (for revised which means the data was added after the first set of data for the property was added)
HISTORIC NAME – either an established local historic district or an area which has been surveyed as a potential historic district
MACRIS ID – Inventory number from MACRIS and key to that database; link to MACRIS data PDF
DESIGNATIONS – from MACRIS; valid values on our data are: LHD or NRIND (see below); most are blank
- NRIND: National Register – Individual Property
- LHD: Local Historic District – either an established local historic district or an area that has been surveyed as a potential historic district
DEMOLISHED – has this property been demolished