Mashpee was originally established as a reserve for the last remaining descendants of the Mashpee Tribe of Wampanoag – the Native Americans who became the first Cape Codders many centuries before the Pilgrims’ arrival. Wampanoag culture still defines much of the town's character through an active Tribal Council and an annual Pow-Wow celebration each July.
Despite rapid development, Mashpee has put aside thousands of acres of conservation land and offers exceptional freshwater fishing and recreation on four of the largest ponds of Cape Cod.
Mashpee Commons, an open-air shopping center, serves as the downtown hub of the town, with a mix of specialty restaurants, national & local retailers, a movie theater, public library and bowling alley. Free events are held at the Commons year-round for visitors and the local community, including outdoor movie screenings, a Farmer's Market, and seasonal festivals.
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