U.S. Route 6 Tourist
(A Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public
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The Town of Provincetown, Provincetown Chamber of Commerce and the
Cape Cod Chamber & Convention Bureau are founding SPONOSORS of the
Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, a State division of
the National Association.
Explore Route 6A, the Original / Historic U.S.
Route 6 Alignment Located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts - February 26, 2018
Hours of Operation
Open 7 days a week
10am - 5pm
Early May through late October
Call ahead or visit our web site to confirm hours.
Admission is Free
Cape Cod Visitors Center Brochure - Army Corps of Engineers
Learn about all the special events and activities for adults and
All Programs are Free!
New England District > Missions > Recreation > Cape Cod Canal >
Located along the banks of the Canal by the Sandwich Marina and the
US Coast Guard Station.
MA U.S. Route 6 Tour Assn. Director Don Doucette
(center) and John Buchanan met with historic book author and fellow
U.S. Route 6 Tourian James Gay (holding MA U.S. 6 mascot
“Wellfleet”) to discuss the planned June 2017 release of his
“Massachusetts Historic Route 6” book by Arcadia Publishing for
their ”Postcard History Series”. The initial book release
signing is scheduled to be held at the Titcomb’s Bookshop on
Historic U.S. Route 6 in East Sandwich. (Photo by Nancy Doucette -
Jan. 25, 2017)
On the Run with Aprylle Gilbert
U.S. Route 6 Charity Run
2015 Activity Updates
U.S. Route 6 Charity Run - For the Kids!
Long-distance runner travels Hwy 6
“Coast to Coast for Kids”
The Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is excited to
help Aprylle Gilbert,
accomplished folk-rock musician and long-distance runner, as she
makes her way through Rhode Island and Massachusetts on her
coast-to-coast run across historic U.S. Route 6. Her goal is to
inspire youth and to raise funds for a youth center in a troubled
neighborhood of her home town of San Jose, California. Gilbert
intends to run an average of 30 miles per day as she makes her way
from Long Beach, California, to
Provincetown, Massachusetts, along Route 6 —
an overall distance of
Winner of the 2014 U.S. Route 6
Cape Cod - Provincetown Cruise Photo Contest
Photo submitted by John Buchanan on behalf of the
Mass Cruisers Auto Club.
*Mass Cruisers Auto Club*
This view of Commercial Street in Provincetown looking West is a
(possible) portion of the original (historic) alignment of the Grand
The picture best depicts the Mission of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist
Association; Cultural Preservation and Economic Development.
"Working to Preserve our American Heritage"
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.
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.
In My Footsteps: Cape Cod -
Nobscussett Burial Grounds - YouTube
Annual Scallop Festival
Sept. 19, 20 and 21, 2014
Cape Cod Fairgrounds
Mystic Seaport Museum is
located in Mystic, CT
and is the nation's leading maritime
Learn more now about our exciting activities!
What is the Cape Cod
CapeCast is presently
featuring a short video about the Cape Cod Hedge found on the
a U.S. 6 and State 28 highway roundabout.
THE HERRING ARE
THE HERRING ARE
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
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.
Meet Ray Bombardier, President of the Bay State Corvairs
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
(Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)
Meet Salty the Seahorse
Could this be Wellfleet the Bear?
Welcome, New Member!
The Mass Cruisers Auto Club
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
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.
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
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
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
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 â€“ a Massachusetts
Division of the National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Please get
involved through your sponsorships and bring your energies, talents and
experiences to the total U.S. Route 6 preservation movement â€“ 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.
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.
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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IN THE NEWS
Julie Summers Walker, AOPA Senior Features Editor
General Aviation in and around Cape Cod.
Travel by GA is the best way to spend a last summer weekend - AOPA