Bourne is the gateway to Cape Cod boasting views of the majestic and scenic Cape Cod Canal which slices the Cape away from the mainland. The Canal enables vessels of all sizes to avoid sailing around the Cape. Two bridges cross the canal – the Bourne Bridge from the south and the Sagamore Bridge from the north. The canal is renowned for superb sport fishing, scenic vistas, relaxing bike rides and walking trails of many miles.
Bourne is named after Jonathan Bourne, a wealthy resident who made his fortune in the whaling industry. Bourne was incorporated in 1884 though its heritage can be traced back to 1627, when the Pilgrims decided the location, near two rivers, was the perfect spot to promote trade with the Wampanoag Indians and the Dutch from New Amsterdam. They established the Aptucxet Trading Post, one of the country’s first places of commerce.
President Grover Cleveland in the 1890s spent his presidential summers in Bourne at Gray Gables. His personal train station is on view at the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum. The nation’s oldest maritime academy (1891) is also in Bourne.
Villages of Bourne
Bourne / Cataumet / Buzzards Bay / Pocasset / Sagamore / Wareham / Monument Beach
TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN BOURNE:
Aptucxet Trading Post and Museum
The Bournedale Herring Run Recreation Area at the Cape Cod Canal
Cape Cod Canal Bike Path (Bike Path Map)
Scusset Beach State Reservation