Essay about The History and Development of Dennisport

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If you're like many of our customers, you've been coming to Dennisport for years. Whether your parents brought you, a friend got married here or you stumbled onto our sandy shores one fateful night, Dennisport has a way of hooking you in and bringing you back. In the grand scheme of things, the tourism era of Dennisport's history started relatively recently, but the part of town between Route 28 and Nantucket Sound has a rich history dating back to the colonial era.

The first settlers descended on the land that was to become Dennis and Dennis Port in 1639. As a matter of background, the land that is now Dennis was selected not for its proximity to the ocean, but for its abundance of fresh water ponds and springs. It is estimated that the ponds of Dennis cover at least 450 acres of land, and much of the town's early history is rooted in the usage of this fresh water. Much of the early economy of Dennisport was devoted to agriculture, feeding the townspeople and the surrounding villages of Yarmouth and Harwich. Agriculture remained the primary driver of Dennis' and Dennisport's economy through the early 1800s, bringing wealth and acclaim to many of the early settlers, whose names are still prominent through the town, whether on street signs or whose descendants current business in town.

By the time the Revolutionary War rolled around, Dennis and Dennisport were starting to thrive. Shiverick Shipyard on Sesuit Harbor and countless other smaller operations up and…