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Oral History Interview
August 4, 2014

Oral history interview with a Weeset neighborhood group. Discussion includes early memories of Weeset, people, houses, work, recreation and more.

Jonathan Young Windmill


The Jonathan Young Windmill is historically unique, with all of its early parts and machinery intact, far more than many others which have been substantially altered through restoration efforts. This mill was authentically restored by volunteers and donations through the efforts of the Orleans Historical Society over a two year period. More about the Windmill HERE

War of 1812 and the Battle of Rock Harbor


Orleans Historical Society joins other Cape Cod towns celebrating the 200th anniversary of this important occasion. Read more about the ransom request, the War of 1812 on Cape Cod and the Battle of Rock Harbor HERE.

Sam's Scrapbook

Sam's Scrapbook is an exciting web collection of vintage images of Orleans: teams, class photos and much more. These photos, stories, histories, and remembrances have been provided by descendants, families, and friends. Click HERE.

Harry J. Sparrow Collection


211 glass plate negatives circa 1911, donated by Mrs. Marlene Carr.
Funding for this project came from the Orleans, MA Community Preservation Act

See collection HERE.

Cornelius Spillane


When the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company underwent its 1950s expansion, it sited a much larger property south of downtown Orleans to build one of its new modern "supermarkets" with what was then thought to be a huge parking lot to accommodate the post-WWII car culture. Neal was appointed Manager and heralded the way to a new order of business in the grocery industry in the central Cape. Read more HERE.

Black Duck Camp

Images of Fred Higgins, Orleans most well-known duck hunting guide. Black Duck Camp was located on the outer beach at Nauset. See collection HERE.

Camps of Orleans



Camps once occupied much of the best real estate property in Orleans and the Town of Orleans was one of the pioneers in the birth of summer children’s camps. See Camp Map HERE.

Video History

Ken Mayo's presentation on July 13, 2010 about the Mayo Duck Farm, Restaurant and Catering busineses. In this 56 minute talk and slide show, Ken relates the history of what was once the largest business in Orleans.


Video recording by Jess Tucker, produced by Dave Strickler

Orleans Oral History Collection

The oral history project begun in the 1970's by the efforts of the Orleans Historical Society and the Friends of Snow Library was recently updated and preserved through the generous funding of the Community Preservation Act.  Over four dozen oral histories have been transferred to listening CD's and digital files for preservation. Transcripts of these interviews are also available. Funding for this project came from the Orleans, MA Community Preservation Act. Listen HERE.

In Those Days Orleans Video Histories

Video interviews created by Tom Cronin in the 1980's - 1990's, edited and reformatted to DVD. The interviews are with Orleans people speaking about fishing, art, business and local lore. The final videos will be shown on public access television and are available at the Society Museum. Watch selections on our YouTube channel HERE.

Lectures and Presentations on DVD

Many of the wonderful lectures and presentations given at the Meeting House Museum are now available on DVD. View all of the titles we have available HERE. DVDs may be viewed free at the museum. Contact the OHS to schedule a visit.

Nauset Heights

Visit our friends at this interesting website to view their collection of vintage images of Nauset Beach and Nauset Heights.

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