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 Bourne Town Hall

24 Perry Avenue
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-3441


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Excluding Holidays

Town Administrator
Thomas Guerino

Buzzards Bay, MA (02532)
Feels like 30°F
1:45 AM EST

UV Index: 0 - Low
Dew Point: 29°F
Humidity: 79%
Visibility: 9.0 mi
Pressure: 29.86 in and steady
Daylight: 7:05 AM - 4:14 PM
Wind: West at 5 mph 280°

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 Welcome to Bourne, Massachusetts

The Town of Bourne is a medium-sized community at the gateway to Cape Cod - You must pass through the Town to get over the Cape Cod Canal and anywhere else on Cape Cod.  Long used by the Pilgrims during the 1620's as a center for trading activities, Aptucxet Trading Post was built in 1627, and the area was settled as a part of the Town of Sandwich by 1640, before finally being incorporated as the Town of Bourne in 1884.

The Cape Cod Canal, operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, bisects the community, with both the Bourne and the Sagamore Bridges, as well as the Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge, being the only means to cross the Canal, unless you're travelling by boat.  The Canal is world renowned for its superb sport fishing, scenic vistas, relaxing bike rides & walking routes, and for carrying vessels of all sizes flying the flags of all nations.

Bourne Scenic Park, founded in 1951 and run by the independent Bourne Recreation Authority, is located beneath the Bourne Bridge along the Canal, and is a perfect location for those seeking to enjoy the Canal and its' many activities.  Bourne has numerous quiet harbors and inlets for boating and swimming, and the fishing & shellfishing in the area is particularly enticing and considered some of the most diverse in Massachusetts.

Bourne is also home of the National Marine Life Center, an independent, non-profit, rehabilitation & release hospital for the treatment of stranded sea turtles and seals, with future plans to expand to treat dolphins, porpoises, and small whales.  The Center has been steadily growing since treating its' first patient in the Summer of 2004, and is destined to become the primary care center and information hub on Cape Cod regarding marine animals and their environment.

It is a quiet community without the continual Summer tourist crush experienced by some of the other Cape communities.  During the Summer, there are weekly  Concerts In The Park, the July 4th Parade has proven quite popular, and in December there's A Canal Christmas to help celebrate the Holiday Season.


 Photo Gallery: Courtesy of Army Corps Ranger Kevin Burke
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Cruisin' Through

One of many cruise ships that regularly use the Cape Cod Canal, cutting significant time from the route going around Cape Cod, makes it's way East towards Cape Cod Bay. The world renowned Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge & the Massachusetts Maritime Academy can be seen in the background.

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Buzzards Bay Park

The Joseph Labretto, Sr. Memorial Flag & Captain Augustus F. Wagner Memorial Bandstand are an integral part of the Park, with the Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge making a spectacular backdrop.

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Bourne Pond

As seen from Main Street, Buzzards Bay, with the Town Hall in the background.

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Spring Time On The Canal

Colorful flowers highlight the beauty of the Cape Cod Canal.

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Sagamore Bridge

Many heading onto Cape Cod travel over the Sagamore Bridge. Looking identical to the Bourne Bridge, with both Bridges standing 135 feet above the Cape Cod Canal, the Sagamore Bridge is almost 1,000 feet shorter.

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Aptucxet Trading Post

The Aptucxet Trade House on the Manamet River (...later called the Monument River) was founded by the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony in 1627. The structure existing today is a replica erected on the original foundation, which was archaeologically excavated in the 1920's.

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A Local Icon

The Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge is a readily identified landmark that can be seen for quite some distance in all directions.

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Gray Gables Train Station

This train station was regularly used by President Grover Cleveland during his trips to his Summer house at Gray Gables.

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A Little Cape Cod Fog

This is a fairly common sight when the warmer water of the Cape Cod Canal meets the colder air of a Summer night.

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Scenic Resting Place

One of the many scenic viewing areas along the Cape Cod Canal.

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Ready For Crossing

The Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge in its' lowered position, ready for a train to cross the Cape Cod Canal. The Canal tide is low, and In the foreground a fisherman can be seen trying his luck at catching a Striped Bass.

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Bourne United Methodist Church

The Bourne United Methodist Church was built in 1831-32, and its' steeple can be readily seen in some of the older pictures of the Town. In 1883, Jonathan Bourne gave the Church a bell, which cracked in 1908 and had to be recast the following year.

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Tug Boat Celebration

A fire fighting tug boat makes its' way West through the Cape Cod Canal, much to the delight of the spectators. The Buzzards Bay Railroad Bridge & Bourne Bridge can be seen in the background.