Harwich Town Guide: About Harwich, Cape Cod

The villages of Harwich, Massachusetts lie along the waters of Nantucket Sound and reach all the way east to Pleasant Bay.

Harwichport is the town’s most charming spot; its picture-perfect Wychmere Harbor is a favorite for photographers.

Harwich Center, which lies inland, is a quiet and almost isolated village. Only a few stores, including an old-fashioned hardware store and friendly coffee shop, are among the pristine structures of this historic district.

Though no longer host to a thriving fishing industry, Harwich is today one of the most productive cranberry areas on the Cape with many well-maintained bogs scattered throughout the town. The town’s annual Cranberry Festival in autumn celebrates the prosperity of that tart little berry.

While you're there....The Harwich Observatory at the Harwich Elementary School offers ideal dark-sky viewing conditions and a variety of equipment to explore the cosmos. Very cool.  Step in and experience the wonders of the sky! The observatory also serves as a science lab for students to engage in cosmic discoveries. For more information, visit. www.harwich.edu/observatory.html.