While the CHO remains closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are working on digital programming and other ways to keep in touch with you. We will have more information shortly on these “virtual” events.


Staff will still be responding to phone calls, emails and requests for research assistance. Members and friends will be updated by email, Constant Contact, and

e-newsletters on the latest news from theCHO.  


The upcoming projects and other improvements are made possible thanks to Community Preservation Act grants from the Town of Orleans, and other grants or donations from the

U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation, and William

and CY Treene.

Collections and Exhibitions

We have a large collection of artwork and woodcarvings by local artists, Native American artifacts, chinaware, model ships and more and we also feature special exhibitions regularly.


The OHS hosts a number of cultural events and activites each month, year-round. Many of these are held at the Meeting House and are open to members and visitors alike.


Orleans has a rich history of shipwrecks and life-saving efforts. A recent example is the Motor Lifeboat CG36500, made famous in the Feb 1952 rescue of survivors of the tanker Pendleton.


P.O. Box 353, 3 River Rd, Orleans, MA  02653 

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