In the spring of 1644 some members of the Church of New Plymouth decided to move west to "Nausett."  In June, 1644 this committee purchased a large tract of land from the Native Americans for "moose-skins, Indian boats,  wampam, l ittle knives" etc.  Today this tract of land comprises the towns of Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. 

The settlers were Thomas Prence, Nicholas Snow, John Doane, Edward Bangs, Josiah Cooke, Richard Higgins, John Smalley, Samuel Hicks, John Jenkins, Robert Wixon, Joseph Rogers, John Freeman, Thomas Williams, and Thomas Roberts.

The Eastham Room contains many local history collections ranging from Cape Cod history to Eastham History to genealogy.  These collections are currently being re-organized and inventoried.  The room is also open to the public for meetings.  

Currently, the collections in the Eastham Room are available by appointment only.  As much of the collection as possible is duplicated in our circulating Cape Cod Collection,
digital collection and through genealogical databases to which the library subscribes.

To make an appointment to use the archival materials in the library's Eastham Room, please follow the link below or call the library directly at (508)-240-5950.
Eastham Room Archival Appointments

The Eastham Historical Society
The archives of the
Eastham Historical Society
 are in the 1869 Schoolhouse Museum, located at 25 Schoolhouse Road, Eastham, MA.

Archive Hours Tuesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. & or by appointment
Closed  –  January - April 

The archives and genealogical help are also available by appointment; send email to  easthamarchives@gmail.com.   

The archives has many genealogical booklets for sale as well as other books pertaining to Eastham's History.  Family trees done by local artist, Jim Owens for the first seven Eastham Families  (Bangs, Cook, Doane, Higgins, Prence, Snow and Smalley) are also available at $10.00 each.


Learn about Eastham’s history, church history or local family history. Photos, documents, maps, books and more are available to view; a treasure trove of information. Donations of Eastham historical material/photos & Eastham genealogical information are welcomed by the Society; when coming across such material, please consider giving it to the Society’s archives to preserve for future generations.


Eastham Historical Society is a member of the Digital Commonwealth, which is a non-profit collaborative organization that provides resources and services to support the creation, management and dissemination of cultural heritage material held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies and archives.  Two collections from the Archives, Margaret Bready Genealogy Collection and our Postcard collection, are now up on this site.  Check it out at www.Digitalcommonwealth.org and search Eastham.

Bobbie Cornish, Patty Donohoe,
 Eileen Seaboldt, and Sylvia Sullivan

American Ancestors New England Historical & Genealogical Society

American Ancestors: New England Historic & Genealogical Society Database (In-Library Use Only)

Cape Cod Genealogical Society

Cape Cod Gravestones

Cape Cod Gravestones: 17th, 18th & 19th Century Cape Cod Gravestones dated 1683 or later

Digital CommonwealthPhotographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and other materials made available by Massachusetts libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies.

Eastham Historical Commission

Eastham Town Seal




A congregational society since 1646

Federated Church of Orleans
History and Records


   Genealogy Database


MACRIS Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System

Massachusetts Historic Properties Database

Massachusetts State Archives

Massachusetts State Archives

Cape Cod Community College Nickerson ArchivesNickerson Cape Cod History Archives
Cape Cod Community College

Barnstable County Registry of DeedsRegistry of Deeds (Barnstable County)
-Recorded Land indexes and images from 1704 to the present
-Recorded Land Plan indexes and images
-Land Court name index