Hyannis Historical Society

Mural by  Jackie Reeves and Mary-Ann Agresti

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1884 Hyannis Map, Boston Public LIbrary Collection

1884 Hyannis Map, Boston Public LIbrary Collection

Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Office

Barnstable Patriot Newspaper  Office

Hyannis Main Street Horse Cart

Hyannis Main Street Horse Cart

Barnstable High School, 1909

Barnstable High School, 1909, on High School Road, downtown

Hyannis Main Street Horse Cart &  Crowell’s Dining Room

Hyannis Main Street Horse Cart &  Crowell’s Dining Room

1919 July 4th Parade, Downtown Hyannis

1919 July 4th Parade, Downtown Hyannis

Main St. Downtown Hyannis, Liggets Drugs

Main St. Downtown Hyannis, Liggets Drugs

Downtown Hyannis, 1963. Woolworths 5 + 10 store

Downtown Hyannis, 1963

Hill’s Dining Room, Centerville Road, Hyannis
Hyannis Airport, 1939

Hyannis Airport, 1939

Hyannis Airport, 1951

Hyannis Airport, 1951

Hyannis Business District, East End, Megathlin’s Drugs

Hyannis Business District, East End, Megathlin’s Drugs

HyannisHarborTrainPier

Hyannis Harbor Train Pier

Hyannis Public Library

Hyannis Public Library

Jenkins House 1910

Jenkins House, 1910

Louis Arenovski Store

Louis Arenovski Store

Main Street Hyannis, Bare Trees

Main Street Hyannis, Bare Trees

Main Street, Hyannis, Looking East

Main Street, Hyannis,  Looking East

Maritime Academy, Hyannis

Maritime Academy, Hyannis

Mildred's Chowder House

Mildred's Chowder House

Music Circus/Melody Tent

Music Circus/Melody Tent

Hyannis Normal And Training Schools - center is now Town Hall

Hyannis Normal And Training Schools - center is now Town Hall

Toy Store, Hyannis

Toy Store, Hyannis

Parker House, Gosnold Street, Hyannis

Parker House Gosnold Street

Looking West, Depot Hyannis, 1938

Looking West, Depot Hyannis, 1938

People Outside Iyannough House

People Outside Iyannough House

RR Wharf Looking South

RR Wharf Looking South - see all the sails?

Hyannis Normal School Summer School Beach

Hyannis Normal School Summer School Beach
(a “normal school” was the name for a teacher training school back then)

Sears Dry Goods Store

Sears Dry Goods Store sold bathing suits, rugs, dresses and fabric.
Also “Dove Celebrated Underwear”!

Troop Train - WW One

Label 29

1906 "New Business Block"

We welcome submissions of historic photos to be added to this site. 

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Larger size images preferred but all are welcome.

Thanks to Barnstable Historical Society for their photos!

The Hyannis Historical Society thanks the Hyannis Public Library for dedicating space in the Ora B. Hinckley building for the Society's new workspace. Items of interest are being cataloged in what was the library's reading room before construction of the Eagleston building in the 1930s. Today, the Hinckley building also hosts Ora's Parlor, the library's bookstore.

The Octagon House of Hyannis


The "Octagon House" on South Street in Hyannis has a matching "Octagon Carriage House".  Built of concrete in 1855 by Sea Captain Rodney Baxter, it was designed by Orson S. Fowler, who wrote a book in 1848 advocating for 8-sided houses, The Octagon House, A Home for All.(Order on Amazon). Fowler as a book seller and publisher was crucial in the original publication of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

The property is currently owned by the family of renowned pianist Dr. Susan Godoy, Baxter’s great granddaughter, who resided there until her death in 2020.  Baxter was a deepwater and coasting captain who sailed throughout the world and was known for making fast passages.  He sailed the schooner “American Belle” to Ireland in 22 days, to deliver corn and flour during the Great Famine in 1847.

Model of the ship "Hoogly" made by the ship’s carpenter for the Captain, William Penn Lewis of Hyannis and given by him to the son of Mr. Daniel B. Hallett and, in turn, presented by Mr. Daniel B. Hallett to the Hyannis Public Library in 1925.

the Lustron House, 1950

Lustron House 1950

Lustron House 1950

Label 2Lustron House 1950

Lustron House 1950

Lustron House 1950Label 3

The Lustron Corp of Columbus, Ohio built 2498 prefabricated homes between 1949 and 1951.  This home stands at 370 Ocean Street in Hyannis, built of steel covered in enamel on a concrete slab.  The homes took 2 weeks to complete and required little maintenance, priced at $9,500 - $11,000.  The company served a critical need for housing after WWII, but could not compete with the price of traditional homes being built at that time.

Memorial to President Kennedy

Thanks to Barnstable Historical Society for their photos!

Hyannis Historical Society, 401 Main Street, Hyannis 02601

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