Lucky Josiah Dennis, the 17th-century Congregational minister who preached to his flock for nearly four decades. He was honored by having five Cape villages bear his name: East, West and South Dennis, Dennisport and Dennis. His former homestead, the Josiah Dennis Manse just off Route 6A, is now itself a museum.
Dennis was home to many sea captains and manufactured some of the 19th century’s finest packet boats, clippers and schooners. The Shiverick Shipyard was known throughout the country and built at least eight magnificent clipper ships, all of which were recognized in the Golden Age of Sail.
When visitors cross into Dennis, a more peaceful Cape emerges. Life, noticeably slower, seems a bit more subdued. Stately sea captains’ houses, rambling summer houses, artists’ studios and the renowned Cape Playhouse - where Bette Davis was once an usherette – all comprise part of Dennis’ charm.
The quiet residential villages of Dennis and East Dennis run along Route 6A and Cape Cod Bay. West Dennis and Dennisport lie to the south along Nantucket Sound; both are havens for beach-lovers and provide myriad motels, souvenir shops and family-friendly restaurants.
Find more information on Dennis through the Dennis Chamber of Commerce.
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