Falmouth Real Estate Information

Jutting out into the waters of Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound is the town of Falmouth. Due to its location, Falmouth serves as the main ferry connection point to Martha?s Vineyard and a host of other smaller islands in the vicinity. Bartholomew Gosnold settled the area in 1660 and named it after his homeport of Falmouth in England. In the town?s early days, farming, salt works, whaling, shipping, and sheep ranching were the principal activities of Falmouth?s residents. Today, the area continues many of those activities although tourism and recreation have become the large focuses of the town.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a host of other research organizations like The Marine Biological Laboratory, and institutes, mainly based around oceanic investigation and wildlife preservation are based in Falmouth. Camp Edwards Army National Guard includes the famous Otis Air National Guard Base. The nearby military installation forms Falmouth?s northern border and therefore provides a lot of the traffic that?s passes through the town. Additionally, a number of civilian workers who support operations at the base call Falmouth home.

A number of events and festivals gather the community of over 35,000 together for annual activities. The world renown Falmouth Road Race is held annually and typically attracts about 10,000 participants from around the world. The Barnstable County Fair is also held in Falmouth and typically lasts a week. The town also hosts the annual Irish Music in America Festival that celebrates Irish culture. During the baseball season, the Falmouth Commodores team plays at Guv Fuller Field as part of the Cape Cod Baseball League. ?

Falmouth Pond, Great Pond, Green Pond, Bournes Pond, Eel Pond, Little Pond, Oyster Pond, Sliders Pond, and Salt Pond add large bodies of water to the inland landscape of the town. The Falmouth Inner Harbor is the homeport of the Martha?s Vineyard ferries as well as many other privately-owned boats and ships. Washburn Island State Park and South Cape Beach Park are two of the most popular recreational parks along the Falmouth shoreline. The distinctive Nobska Lighthouse is also situated in town.

Besides a couple of private schools and the Upper Cape Regional Technical School that is nearby in Bourne, Falmouth?s own school system serves over 4,500 students. Four elementary schools, a middle school, junior high school, and Falmouth High School serve the residents of Falmouth for complete educations in town. Unlike many other towns on the cape, students do not have to travel to a nearby town at anytime during their K-12 education. The high school competes athletically against many other cape high schools through its participation inn the Atlantic Coast League.