Welcome to U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association

The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity".

Don M. Doucette, Executive Director
U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
219 Phillips Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: (508) 226-1185

 

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS
U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
(A Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity")
 
HAPPENINGS!
Cape Cod Cruise down "Memory Lane"
aka
Historic U.S. Route 6
 
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Cape Cod Cruise Photo Contest
2014
Dear Members:
Send me some interesting pictures via an email and we'll post them on our web site. The Board of Directors will select the best two pictures and send the photographers one of our vintage California signs from the westerly end of the Grand Old Highway. Photo credits will be provided.

Fred M. Hann, Executive Director of the California U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
holding one of the vintage CA Route 6 highway signs.
 
Be sure to include your name, address, date, location and a short description about the picture(s).
 
If you are not a member, click MEMBERSHIP and join the Route 6 Team.
You can email the Application a pay for your membership using Donate at the top of our Home Page.
Money received from Memberships will be used to help support our Student Internship Programs.
(Feel free to ask questions.)
 
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CAPE COD HISTORY

(see video below)

A May, 1657 deed signed by Nobscussett chief Mashantampaine handed over to English settlers Anthony Thacher, John Crow, and Thomas Howes most of the land in northern Dennis and Yarmouth - pretty much everything you see as you drive along Route 6A from Barnstable to Brewster. The Nobscussets were then relocated to a reservation in the vicinity of Scargo Lake, known to the Native Americans as Nobscusset Pond, where today an ancient burial ground holds the mortal remains of that now extinct tribe. There are no stones to see, only a plot of land encircled with a granite and iron fence, and a plaque that identifies the spot as “The Burial Ground for the Nobscusset Tribe of Indians.” The tribe’s 17th-century Sachem, Mashantampaine, is buried here.

Cemetery notes:
The people of the area today known as Cape Cod were engaged in beaver skin trade with both England and France. In 1614, English Captain Thomas Hunt captured over 20 Nausett (the Nobscussett Indians were part of the Nausett confederation) and Patuxet Indians, brought them to Spain, and sold as many as he could into slavery. The captures outraged the Indians and they stopped the trading. In 1618/19, a plague killed most of the Nobscussett. Possibly, the burying of the dead from this plague marks the origin of this Burial Ground.

The Nobscussett was the first tribe to meet the Mayflower Pilgrims. The Pilgrims had come ashore looking for food and found bushels of corn that the Nobscussett had left as an offering for their ancestors. The Pilgrims took as much of the corn as they could before the Nobscussett were able to get them out of the area.

Years later, the Pilgrims returned to the Nobscussett. The Pilgrims began converting them to Christianity, and the Nobscussett became one of several tribes in Massachusetts that became known as "Praying Indians". In 1793, the Nobscussett Indians were all killed by neighboring Indian tribes.

The Town of Dennis voted to fence in this burial ground in 1828, and have been maintaining it ever since. There is a hedge-lined trail from Route 6 to the Burial Ground.

 John Buchanan

In My Footsteps: Cape Cod - Nobscussett Burial Grounds - YouTube

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Annual Scallop Festival
Sept. 19, 20 and 21, 2014
Cape Cod Fairgrounds

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Looks like there will be a great opportunity to catch the ship sailing through the canal to the Mass Maritime Academy from July 23-24 and for some great U.S. Route 6 picture taking of the ship passing under the Sagamore Bridge.
Mark your calendar!



 
What is the Cape Cod Hedge?
Cape Cod Hedge, Mass.
CapeCast is presently featuring a short video about the Cape Cod Hedge found on the Bourne Rotary,
a U.S. 6 and State 28 highway roundabout.

 

 
 
THE HERRING ARE RUNNING!!!
THE HERRING ARE RUNNING!!!
 
The spawning season for herring is in full gear as many waterways spanned by US Route 6 (6A) here in Massachusetts are supporting a number of very active herring runs.
 
This is one of our ancient natural traditions so long an attraction to curious folk in these parts. Herring and the blooming of daffodils coexist during this southern New England rite of spring.
 
Never a dull moment along Massachusetts US Route 6 (6A) as trees buds display their pastel hues during this year's bud-break season.  Don Doucette  (April 2014)

Herring Run Program - Association to Preserve Cape Cod

 

 

BELOW
Meet Ray Bombardier, President of the Bay State Corvairs


(November 2013)
 
In The News

Getting his kicks on US Route 6
Picture - The Sun Chronicle - Oct. 2013

Don Doucette, Executive Director of the Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association and John Buchanan who is with the Mass Cruisers Auto Club. Also, meet "Wellfleet" the bear, the official mascot of the MA Tourist Association.

Getting his kicks on Route 6 - The Sun Chronicle : Local News

 
ROUTE 6 HAPPENINGS!
 
Cruise at Al Mac's Diner is every Thursday from 
5 PM til 9 PM (closing) - May through September


 

(Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Items of interest

 

 
THE SPECIAL EVENT!
 

U S Route 6 Weekend Cruise to Provincetown

U S Route 6 Weekend Cruise to Provincetown
http://vimeo.com/51031337

About this video
"The inaugural U.S. Route 6 Providence to Provincetown Cruise Weekend on October 6 & 7 had exceptionally nice autumn weather despite many weather forecasters predicting gloom. Although that may have prevented some from chancing a 118 mile cruise to PTown, over 200 did show up at the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown to claim their commemorative dash plaques provided courtesy of Factory Five Racing as well as a signed farmable certificate of participation from Bob Bramwell who was manning the PTown Rally Point with his wife Linda assisted by Ron Churchill. Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Executive Director Don Doucette was blown away by the response for this first time cruise event which is attempting to place this beautiful stretch of highway on every auto enthusiast’s annual event calendar. Author Joe Hurley, who walked the entire length of Route 6 from Provincetown to Long Beach California and his wife Pat also made the cruise together, a first for them also, autographed copies of his newly released book, “10 Million Steps on Route 6”. There was one glitch with the Buzzards Bay RR Station Rally Point having to be scratched at the last minute due to a double booking issue, but Jeff Clark's West Barnstable RR Station Rally Point and the John Remedis & Patti Lloyd Centerville Visitor Center Rally Point coverage saved the day for us. If you missed this year’s cruise, it will happen again next year on the first weekend in October. And remember, “You’ll Get Twice the Kicks on Route 6”."

 

 

 

 

 
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Could this be Wellfleet the Bear?
 
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Welcome, New Member!
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The Mass Cruisers Auto Club

New! Mileage Signs are UP!

 A great gift idea !

How about giving one of our large Massachusetts Historic Route 6 signs.

For a $150.00 donation which will be used to help support our student internship programs you will receive an official 2 ft. X 3 ft. highway sign as shown below.

These are beautiful signs with the diamond reflective surface.

For a $50.00 donation you can receive one of the smaller street signs.

(below held by Don Doucette)

(Donation includes insurance and shipping within the U.S.A.)

Tax deductible as permitted by law.

Questions? Email: Massachusetts@route6tour.com

 

The sign in the above picture is located on Cape Cod outside of the Town of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Tourism Office of Provincetown, MA

Welcome to the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce!!

 

Cape Abilities Farm - Dennis, MA

Cape Abilities Farm Fall Harvest - YouTube


Meet Don Doucette our Executive Director of the Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, a state division of the National Association.

Don Doucette

As Executive Director, Don Doucette brings his lifelong energies and interests to the fore. Don has explored New England through the avocation of day tripping for many years. Recently, Don along with wife Nancy, have visited all 351 incorporated municipalities represented within the Bay State. Don has seen the many moods of his native Commonwealth from various angles and it is no wonder that when Don was enlightened recently with the existence of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association that Don found a new opportunity for local exploration and inspiration.

 

For Don, any section of Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 is only a day trip away. And so, he and Nancy are presently exploring and getting to know better their own Massachusetts U.S. Route 6. As responsible neighbors, Don and Nancy are realizing that Massachusetts U.S. 6 is   "in their backyard" and as a result, Don invites you all over for a visit. He wishes to share the many resources of Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 with those who are so inclined. Don hopes for a local organized core group – a Massachusetts Division of the National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Please get involved through your memberships and bring your energies, talents and experiences to the total U.S. Route 6 preservation movement – old U.S. Route 6, the Grand Army of the Republic Highway. It's worth preserving and worth promoting as a valuable National cultural and economic resource.

MISSION

The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity" Corporation dedicated to the economic development and cultural preservation of inner cities, small towns and rural communities located along all 3,652 miles of the Grand Old Highway.

NOTE: We are currently all non-paid volunteers, either retired or keeping our day jobs. Some of our student interns have worked their way up to the position of Executive Director. The Association covers all expenses related directly to Association activities.

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