The Orleans Historical Society has been dedicated to preserving our Town's heritage, respecting our past, and making our history and culture available to both residents and visitors since 1958.
Our interests range from Orleans' maritime heritage to its artists and wood carvers; from historic houses and building to those who served as Orleans Surfmen in the U.S. Lifesaving Service; from the first shipwreck off of Cape Cod shores to the often surprising involvement of Orleans in the nation's wars.
The many residents and visitors who have visited our museum, attended our presentations, concert and special programs, or who have joined the OHS, have seen our commitment to the history and preservation of the Town as a truly special place.
Yes that is only part of our story. As Orleans focuses on its future, OHS seeks to be a positive contributor, and a strong advocate for change and cultural growth that reflect our Town's history.
We appreciate the support received from the community, and look forward to continued and expanded public participation over our next 50 years.


This Greek Revival structure was built in 1834, and is listed on the National Register of His- toric Places. Formerly used as the Meeting House for the Universalist Church of Orleans, this building houses the Society’s Museum and is used for special exhibits and cultural programs.

Visitors are welcome!

Did you know . . . ?

The first recorded shipwreck – and rescue – in America was the Sparrow-Hawk on Nauset beach in 1626

or that . . . ?

Town militiamen repelled the British in a skirmish at Rock Harbor in 1814


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

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