A blog to share stories from Orleans, including many interesting anecdotes and lesser known facts from the past
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October 3, 2018

Originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle, September 28, 2018

Last week I was on vacation, spending a couple days enjoying mountains instead of sea. Of course my voyages took me the headquarters store of King Arthur Flour, a mecca for bakers. I walked around enjoyi...

September 13, 2018

Normally, this blog is the articles written for the OHS column in the Cape Chronicle. But as October approaches, we have decided to preserve some work here as well. Last year we celebrated October with a series of Facebook posts telling the stories in a short way about...

June 23, 2018

An article from our summer intern, originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle 

To the summer visitor, the beaches of Cape Cod beckon with the promise of leisure. However, the sandy vistas and gleaming waters of the Outer Cape also harbor the disastrous history of ov...

January 13, 2018

 A special article by our winter break intern, originally published in the Cape Cod Chronicle, January 2018

            When combing through artifacts as part of our packing for renovation work, volunteers at the Orleans Historical Society uncovered a large map of Cape...

December 24, 2017

Originally published in Cape Cod Chronicle December 2017

Surprisingly, the first tourist business to arrive in Orleans was not beach-goers or other people arriving in the summer looking for sun and ocean. It was this time of year that the town swelled with outsider...

 Originally published by Cape Cod Chronicle, December 2017

In preparation for the work being done in our building starting in January, we are having to move every single piece of the collection to another part of the building. As might be expected, there have been some...

October 6, 2017

Originally published in Cape Cod Chronicle Oct 2017

Throughout October, the Orleans Historical Society has been celebrating Spooky October, focusing  on a neighbor who is traditionally considered to be “spooky”- the Orleans Cemetery across the street. We’ve been having...

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