The Five Villages of Dennis are located in the Mid-Cape region of Cape Cod and are easily accessible from the Mid-Cape Highway, also known as US Route 6. The five villages are: East Dennis, Dennis Village, West Dennis, Dennisport and South Dennis, all featuring scenic historic districts hailing back to whaling days.
Sixteen of the Cape Cod’s best beaches lie on Nantucket Sound to the south, and Cape Cod Bay to the north. Numerous recreation trails offer healthful relaxation, and developed business districts throughout the villages provide ample goods and services.
The Town of Dennis was founded in 1793 and named after Josiah Dennis, the pastor of the famous Dennis Union Church on Route 6A in Dennis Village. Dennis is a historic destination and cultural resource unlike any other Town on Cape Cod. Its fame stems from the renowned Shiverick Shipyard in Sesuit Harbor.
Dennis is likely responsible for the cranberry industry, as it was here in 1816 that Henry Hall experimented in domesticating the wild cranberry with such success that cranberry raising was made profitable. Cranberry raising is still an industry here and some of the best berries raised on the Cape are sent out from this town.
Dennis is the cultural and architectural center of Cape Cod. With its 11 public beaches, five villages, and literally hundreds of historic homes, Dennis is a beacon for vacationers and residents alike. No other Cape Cod town offers so much and yet has one of the lowest Cape Cod Real Estate tax rates in the State.
Culture and Entertainment
The cultural center of Cape Cod hosts the world famous Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Cape Playhouse and Cape Cinema, and the perennial Cape Cod Baseball League powerhouse, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox!