Dennis was first settled in 1639, by John Crowe (later Crowell) and Thomas Howes, as part of the town of Yarmouth. The town officially separated and incorporated in 1793. It was named after resident minister, Josiah Dennis. There was not enough land for farming, so seafaring became the town's major industry in its early history, centered around the Shiverick Shipyard.
Currently, Dennis is a popular seaside resort town, notable for its stately colonial mansions along the northern Cape Cod Bay coastline, and its picturesque, warm water beaches along the southern Nantucket Sound.
Whether you're traveling solo or with your family, you'll find plenty of fun in Dennis year round. For culture buffs there's the Cape Cod Museum of Art with its art openings, Music & More Concerts and independent film series along with the world renowned Cape Cinema as well as several other fabulous art galleries and artisans along Route 6A. For the active visitor there's kayaking, canoeing and so much more. We have it all in Dennis. The sections below contain links to sites to help you plan your visit to Dennis.
The Cape's Bay Colony Rail officially ends in the town. The ending point is also the starting point of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a bicycle trail which runs "down" the Cape to Wellfleet along the former right-of-way of the rail. There are also several other bicycle trails in town.
- Visit Dennis
- Dennis Chamber of Commerce
- Dennis Golfing
- Dennis Beaches
- Dennis Harbormaster
- The Dennis Historical Society