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Eastham, MA 02642

Updated on December 30, 2010

Find Things to do in Eastham, MA, Photos, Videos and the History of the Town

Eastham, MA is located north of Orleans, south of Wellfleet on Cape Cod. This small town is home to one of the only standing historic windmills on Cape Cod, which can be found along Route 6. Several popular beaches are located in Eastham, like First Encounter Beach, as well as historic lighthouses like Nauset Light and the Three Sisters Lighthouses (see photos below). Scroll down for some recommended things to do in Eastham, photos, videos, and more about this quaint Cape Cod town!

Intro giclee print of Nauset Lighthouse in Eastham (click link to purchase print).

Official Eastham Websites - Links to more information about the town of Eastham

Here are some other websites about the town of Eastham:

Above: A view of Nauset Light from down the road, near the parking lot of Nauset Light Beach. This lighthouse is easily accessible via Route 6 to Brackket Road, a quick left on Nauset Road, a right on Cable Road, and a left on Nauset Light Beach Road. While you're there, you might as well spend a couple of hours at the beautiful beach, which is part of the protected Cape Cod National Seashore.

Nauset Light in Eastham was previously Chatham Light. The light from Chatham was relocated to Nauset, which was then in turn relocated inland to prevent the historic structure from collapsing into the beach below due to erosion.

first encounter beach eastham
first encounter beach eastham

First Encounter Beach

Eastham's most famous beach - the Pilgrims first encounter with the Nauset tribe

The most famous beach in the town of Eastham is First Encounter Beach. You'll find signs directing you to the beach from Route 6. This beach is ideal for little kids, and anyone looking to just enjoy a relaxing day without pounding waves (which you could encounter on the opposite side of Eastham). The beach is called First Encounter Beach because it is where the Mayflower landed, with the Pilgrims having their first encounter with the local Nauset Indian tribe at the beach. Parking is reasonable at $15 per day. Like all of the Cape Cod Bay beaches, this is kid friendly and has large tidal flats. The low tide extends out seemingly forever.

The View from Fort Hill, Eastham - Panoramic vista of Eastham marsh and ocean from Fort Hill

Scenes of Eastham, MA - Fort Hill, First Enounter Beach, Nauset Light, Coastguard Beach

Hurricane Waves Pound Eastham's Shore - Hurricane waves crash at Nauset Beach

Eastham: Images of America - A look into the past of Eastham, MA

Eastham (MA) (Images of America)
Eastham (MA) (Images of America)
Eastham, known as the land of the first light, is an ever-changing place. Although Europeans began visiting these shores early in the 1600s, the areaís first inhabitants lived here over seven thousand years ago. In 1620, Mayflower passengers and crew had their first encounter with the Nawsett Indians over the theft of corn. From the mid-1800s to the 1960s, sails were replaced by engines. The discovery of oil ended the whaling industry for Eastham captains, and wide-scale farming and tourism became the backbone of Easthamís economy. Eastham chronicles the challenges, successes, and personal strengths of the town of Eastham as it evolved with time.

Nauset Light Collectibles - Ornaments, miniatures, photos and postcards featuring Eastham's Nauset Light

Nauset Light is Cape Cod's most recognizable lighthouse, and for that reason, has many of the best replicas, photos, postcards, and miniatures available. Here are some of the latest available on Ebay right now:

Nauset Light Beach - original painting by Bill Revill

Nauset Light Beach - original painting by Bill Revill
Nauset Light Beach - original painting by Bill Revill

Eastham seen in the icy winter months.

Eastham seen in the icy winter months.
Eastham seen in the icy winter months.

Dinner is served! Almost. A lobster is slated for dinner at the Lobster Shanty in Eastham. (Click to purchase print).

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Wild Turkeys Flock to Eastham - 29 wild turkeys munch away at the roadside along Route 6

The Three Sisters Lighthouses of Eastham have been relocated to this field west of Nauset Light.

The Three Sisters Lighthouses of Eastham have been relocated to this field west of Nauset Light.
The Three Sisters Lighthouses of Eastham have been relocated to this field west of Nauset Light.

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