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

Photos courtesy of Philip Greenspun and
A Cape Cod Sketchbook Revisited.


Dennis, named an All American Town in 1978, combines its traditional New England heritage with modern day conveniences. The villages of East Dennis, Dennis and South Dennis feature scenic historic districts hailing back to whaling days. Dennisport has beautiful beaches that lie along Nantucket Sound. West Dennis combines both Nantucket Sound beaches with shore access to Bass River. Altogether, Dennis has sixteen beaches on the warm Nantucket Sound to the south and on the refreshing waters of Cape Cod Bay to the north.

Numerous recreation trails offer healthful relaxation, and well developed business districts throughout the villages provide ample goods and services. Residents of Dennis feel a sense of pride in their home by the sea.

The quiet little town, incorporated in 1793, was named for Josiah Dennis, a favorite minister. The town was involved in the maritime activities of the 1800's including whaling and the building of some of the greatest American clipper ships like the Flying Cloud. As the twentieth century approached and the glory days of sea captains faded, Dennis residents turned to commercial fishing and land-based industries.

Dennis comes into its own during the summer months, with special events every week. Home to the nation's oldest summer theater, the Cape Playhouse, Dennis offers varied summer activities, with arts and craft shows, concerts on the village green and Dennis Festival Days, held in August, which celebrate the friendly heritage of this All American New England town.

The beach areas are more densely settled than towns further out on the Cape, and there is a large stock of beach cottages built in the 40s and 50s. In addition, Dennis offers a wide selection of other types of dwellings. Lot sizes are generally smaller than towns further out on the Cape, and taxes are relatively low. (Narrative in part courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.)

Dennis Government
Dennis Planning Department
Demographic, Economic, and Government Profile
Helpful Telephone Numbers
  Links and Information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Town Web Page



State Report of Dennis's Finances

Employment and Wages

The Dennis Libraries
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Natural Resources

Harbormaster Page
  Tide Charts
Boating Links from
  Shellfish Regulations
  Mooring and Slip Information

Dennis Pines Rt. 134, East Dennis - 508-385-8347 18-hole, par 72, 6,525 yards

Dennis Highlands 825 Old Bass River Rd., Dennis - 508-385-8347 18-hole, par 71,
6,076 yards


Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts, 60 Hope Lane (grounds of Cape Playhouse Center for the Arts), Dennis; 385-4477.

Jericho Historical Center, Trotting Park Road and Old Main Street, West Dennis; 394-0206

  Walks and Bike Rides

Real Estate

Barnstable County Registry of Deeds
  Cape Cod Commission
  Valuation (Real Estate) Certification Statistics (PDF document)


Dennis-Yarmouth High School Web Site

Dennis School and District Profiles

  Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District Profiles


Dennis Information from the Cape Cod Times

Business Links from
Chamber of Commerce
  Complete Transportation Information
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