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Encyclopedia > Mashpee, Massachusetts
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Mashpee Town Hall
Mashpee Town Hall
Official flag of Mashpee, Massachusetts
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Official seal of Mashpee, Massachusetts
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Location in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 41°38′54″N 70°28′54″W / 41.64833, -70.48167
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Barnstable County
Settled 1660
Incorporated 1870
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Town  27.2 sq mi (70.6 km²)
 - Land  23.5 sq mi (60.8 km²)
 - Water  3.8 sq mi (9.7 km²)
Elevation  55 ft (17 m)
Population (2000)
 - Town 12,946
 - Density 551.4/sq mi (212.9/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02649
Area code(s) 508 / 774
Website: http://www.ci.mashpee.ma.us/

Mashpee is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 12,946 at the 2000 census. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 750 pixel, file size: 96 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Mashpee_ma_highlight. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Barnstable County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... An Open Town Meeting is a form of municipal legislature, typical in the New England region of the United States. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre or meter is a measure of length. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... Area code 508 was split from area code 617 on July 16, 1988. ... Area code 774 is an overlay of parts of area code 508. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... Barnstable County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ...


For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Mashpee, please see the articles on Mashpee Neck, Monomoscoy Island, New Seabury, Popponesset, Popponesset Island, Seabrook and Seconsett Island. Mashpee Neck is a census-designated place and village located the town of Mashpee in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Monomoscoy Island is a census-designated place and part of the town of Mashpee in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... New Seabury is a census-designated place and village located in the town of Mashpee in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Popponesset is a census-designated place and village located in the town of Mashpee in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Popponesset Island is a census-designated place and part of the town of Mashpee in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Seabrook is a census-designated place and village located in the town of Mashpee in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Seconsett Island is a census-designated place and part of the town of Mashpee in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ...

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History

Mashpee was settled by English colonists in 1658 with the assistance of the missionary Richard Bourne from the neighboring town of Sandwich. In the year 1763 Mashpee was constituted a plantation by the king of England, against the will of the native Wampanoags. The natives were given the right to elect their own officials to maintain order. However, the population of the plantation declined steadily due to the conditions placed upon them. Because of this, and despite several attempts at self-rule, the Wampanoags lost their land, and Mashpee was incorporated as a town in 1870 the second-to-last town on the Cape to do so (other than Bourne). Today, the town of Mashpee is known both as a tourist destination and for their Native American culture. Every year, a pow-wow is held, which offers examples of Wampanoag activities and beads and trinkets.[1] The Wampanoag (Wôpanâak in the Wampanoag language) are a Native American people. ... This article is about a Native American gathering. ...


The town's name is an Anglicization of a native name that can be segmented as "mass-nippe," where mass is "great", or "greater" (see Massachusetts), and nippe is "water." The name has been translated as "the greater cove" or "great pond" or "land near great cove", where the water being referenced is Wakeby Lake, which is greater at one end.


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 70.6 km² (27.2 mi²). 60.8 km² (23.5 mi²) of it is land and 9.7 km² (3.8 mi²) of it (13.80%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Mashpee is considered to be on the "upper," or western, portion of Cape Cod. It is bound by Sandwich to the north and northwest, Barnstable to the east, Nantucket Sound to the south, and Falmouth to the west. It is approximately sixty-five miles south-southeast of Boston and seventy miles east-southeast of Providence, Rhode Island. Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Barnstable County Settled 1637 Incorporated 1639 Government type Open town meeting Area    - Town  44. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Barnstable County Settled 1637 Incorporated 1638 Government  - Type Council-manager city  - Town    Manager John C. Klimm Area  - City  76. ... Nantucket Sound is a roughly triangular area of the Atlantic Ocean offshore from the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... The garden of the historical society of Falmouth Falmouth is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Governor Deval Patrick (D) Area  - City  89. ... Nickname: Location in Rhode Island Coordinates: Country United States State Rhode Island County Providence Government  - Mayor David N. Cicilline (D) Area  - City  20. ...


Mashpee is an average-sized town compared to the rest of Barnstable County. Like all towns on the Cape, Mashpee's topography is that of sandy soil, small ponds and inlets, surrounded by the pines and oaks indigenous to the area. The town's shoreline is framed by Waquit Bay to the west and Popponesset Bay to the east, both spawning several rivers, brooks and small ponds. The town is also the site of South Cape Beach State Park, along Dead Neck and Waquit Bay, and the Lowell Holly Reservation, comprising the land between Wakeby and Mashpee Ponds.


Transportation

There are no freeways in the town of Mashpee. Major routes include Route 28, Route 130 and Route 151. Route 28, along with U.S. Route 6 to the north, comprise the main east-west routes along the Cape. Route 130's southern terminus and Route 151's eastern terminus are within the town, both ending at Route 28, two and a half miles apart. Massachusetts Route 28 // MA Route 28 Northern Terminus: NH 28, New Hampshire State Line, Methuen, Massachusetts Southern Terminus: US 6, Orleans, Massachusetts Cities along the route Lawrence Boston Brockton Middleborough Falmouth Hyannis Chatham Spur/Alternate Routes West Falmouth - Pocasset: MA Route 28A (originally part of Route 28 before freeway bypass... Route 130 Southern Terminus: Mashpee, Massachusetts (Route 28) Northern Terminus: Sandwich, Massachusetts (Route 6A) Route 130 begins in Mashpee and travels on a north-south path to Sagamore, with an interchange at US 6 (exit 2). ... Route 151 Western Terminus: West Falmouth, Massachusetts (Route 28A) Eastern Terminus: Mashpee, Massachusetts (Route 28) Route 151 begins at a rotary in Mashpee and travels on an east-west path to West Falmouth, passing by the Barnstable County Fairgrounds along the way. ... U.S. Route 6 is a main route of the U.S. Highway system, running east-northeast from Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. ...


There is no rail service in the town. The nearest airports (Cape Cod Airport, an airstrip for small planes, and Barnstable Municipal Airport, the largest airport on the Cape) can be found in neighboring Barnstable. The nearest national and international air service can be reached at Logan International Airport in Boston. For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ...


The Breeze bus lines also services Mashpee Commons. For a small price, you may travel along the Breeze bus lines which travel from Mashpee and into the towns of Barnstable, Sandwich, Falmouth, Bourne and Yarmouth. Bus lines and routes may be obtained at town hall or the Mashpee Commons


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 12,946 people, 5,256 households, and 3,652 families residing in the town. The population density was 212.9/km² (551.4/mi²). There were 8,325 housing units at an average density of 136.9/km² (354.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.24% White, 2.82% African American, 2.91% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population. There were 5,256 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.91. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $50,871, and the median income for a family was $56,702. Males had a median income of $43,922 versus $31,416 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,215. About 4.5% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government

Mashpee is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a part of both the Third and Fifth Barnstable districts, with the area around Otis being in the third and the southern portion of town being in the fifth. The town is represented in the Massachusetts Senate as a part of the Cape and Islands district, which includes all of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket with the exception of Bourne, Falmouth, Sandwich and portions of Barnstable.[2] The town is patrolled by the Seventh (Bourne) Barracks of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police.[3] The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts Senate is the upper house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulation across the state. ...


On the national level, Mashpee is a part of Massachusetts's 10th congressional district, and is currently represented by Bill Delahunt. The state's senior (Class I) member of the United States Senate, re-elected in 2006, is Ted Kennedy. The junior (Class II) Senator, up for re-election in 2008, is John Kerry. The 10th District includes the South Shore of Massachusetts, running from Quincy to Weymouth and Abington and includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard. ... William D. (Bill) Delahunt (born July 18, 1941), has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing the 10th District of Massachusetts. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Edward Moore Ted Kennedy (born February 22, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. ... Al Gore (born December 11, 1943) is a Vietnam Veteran and the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. ...


Mashpee is governed by the open town meeting form of government, led by an executive secretary and a board of selectmen. The town operates its own police and fire departments, both of which are headquartered together near Pine Tree Corner. The town's post office and public library are also located nearby, and the library is a member of the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS) Network, the Southeastern Massachusetts Library System (SEMLS), and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. An Open Town Meeting is a form of municipal legislature, typical in the New England region of the United States. ... The Board of Selectmen is commonly the executive arm of town government in New England. ...


Education

Mashpee operates its own school system for the approximately 2,000 students in town. The Kenneth C. Coombs School serves students from pre-kindergarten to grade 2. The Quashnet School serves students from grades 3 to 6, and Mashpee High School opended its doors in 1996 and serves grades 7 through 12. Mashpee's athletics teams are nicknamed the Falcons, and their colors are royal blue and white. They compete in the South Shore League in all sports except winter track, which competes in the Atlantic Coast League. Mashpee High School has an enrollment of 1,013 students. Mashpee High offers many MIAA interscholastic sports such as soccer, field hockey, football, golf, cross country, basketball, winter track, ice hockey, baseball, softball, spring track, and lacrosse. Club sports are also available at Mashpee including rugby and an up and coming girls ice hockey team. In the near future, Mashpee High hopes to expand its athletic opportunities with the addition of wrestling and volleyball. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Additionally, high school students may attend Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich free of charge. There are also two private schools in neighboring Falmouth and Barnstable which students may attend.


Notable Residents

Jamaal Branch - NFL Football Player, graduated from Falmouth High School in 1999, attended Colgate University and won the Division 1AA player of the year in 2005, is a backup running back for the New Orleans Saints and resides in Mashpee Jamaal Branch (born January 30, 1981 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American football player. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Colgate in fall. ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... Mashpee is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ...


Robert Kraft - Owner of the New England Patriots, owns a residence in the New Seabury area of Mashpee Robert Kraft Robert K. Kraft, (born June 5, 1941 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is the owner of National Football Leagues New England Patriots and Major League Soccers New England Revolution, as well as the stadium where they play, Gillette Stadium. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football...


Jerry Nixon: Noatable Rhode Island factory owner and part-time resident


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