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Bourne is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 19,754 at the 2010 census.For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Bourne, please see the articles on Bourne (CDP), Buzzards Bay, Monument Beach, Pocasset, Sagamore, and Sagamore Beach.HistoryBourne was first settled in 1640 as a part of the town of Sandwich. It was officially incorporated in 1884, the last town to be incorporated in Barnstable County. It was named for Jonathan Bourne Sr. (1811-1889), whose ancestor Richard Bourne represented Sandwich in the first Massachusetts General Court and was the first preacher to the Mashpee Wampanoag on Cape Cod. The town lies at the northeast corner of Buzzards Bay and is the site of Aptucxet Trading Post, the nation's oldest store. It was founded by the Pilgrims in 1627 at a site halfway between the two rivers which divided Cape Cod from the rest of the state. It was out of this location that the Cape Cod Canal was formed, in order to save time and lives by eliminating the need to sail around the hazardous eastern shores of the Cape. Because of the canal, Bourne is now considered the "first" town on the Cape, as all three bridges (the Bourne, Sagamore and the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge) are located within the town. Most of Bourne is on Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay and Sagamore Beach being the villages that are on the mainland side with Buttermilk bay forming the western edge of the peninsula (cape) and the Bourndale Road forming the northern boundary to the cape.
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Hidden gems in Bourne

Cape Cod Canal ©
Water Body
Cape Cod Canal Buzzards Bay
Duration: 30 minutes
Cape Cod Canal Railway Bridge ©
Cape Cod Canal Railway Bridge Buzzards Bay
Duration: 2 hours
The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway ©
Biking Trail
The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway
Duration: 2 hours
Massachusetts National Cemetery ©
Massachusetts National Cemetery
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Bourne

Plimoth Plantation ©
History Museum
Plimoth Plantation Plymouth
Duration: 3 hours
Heritage Museums & Gardens ©
Specialty Museum
Heritage Museums & Gardens Sandwich
Duration: 2 hours
Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises ©
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises Barnstable
Duration: 4 hours
Shining Sea Bikeway
Biking Trail
Shining Sea Bikeway Falmouth
Duration: 2 hours

Popular things to do in Bourne

Aptucxet Trading Post Museum ©
History Museum
Aptucxet Trading Post Museum
Duration: 2 hours
Lyman Reserve ©
Wildlife Area
Lyman Reserve
Duration: 2 hours
Butterflies of Cape Cod ©
Wildlife Area
Butterflies of Cape Cod
Duration: 30 minutes
Pairpoint Glass Works ©
Art Gallery
Pairpoint Glass Works Sagamore
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Bourne

National Marine Life Center ©
Natural History Museum
National Marine Life Center Buzzards Bay
Duration: 1h 30 min

Places to visit with Bourne

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