French Cable Station Museum, Orleans

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The French Cable Station is a historic station on the southeast corner of Cove Rd. and MA 28 in Orleans, Massachusetts.
It was built in 1891 by the French Cable Company, which was installing numerous cables in Cape Cod throughout the late-19th century. By 1898 the station was the terminus of a 3200mi long trans-Atlantic telegraph cable called "Le Direct." When France surrendered to Nazi Germany in 1940, it was taken over by the federal government for security reasons, but wasn't returned to the company until 1952. The company resumed operations until 1959. After being purchased by 10 prominent Orleans citizens in 1972, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places the same year.
The building now serves as the French Cable Station Museum, featuring displays of Atlantic undersea telegraphic cables, instruments, maps and memorabilia.
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  • is how one of the visitors in my tour described it, and she was right on. The museum's chief attraction is the quantity of original equipment it houses -- weird, elaborate, ancient stuff, much of it.....  more »
  • The museum is a fascinating place to visit to learn about the early trans Atlantic communications and the role that Orleans played in that early history.  more »
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  • Step back in time and learn about the early days of Trans-Atlantic communication, on this fascinating museum and tour. Features original equipment from the stations founding in the late 1800's, through it's closing in the 1950s. Pairs nicely with a follow-on tour of the Marconi Wireless Station.
  • Interesting, run on a shoestring by commited and knowledgeable staff. Some nice exhibits
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