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Read about the poet and her most famous work.
Katharine Lee Bates describes how she wrote America The Beautiful Bates was asked countless times to explain what inspired her poem. This is her reply.
An Autobiography in Brief of Katharine Lee Bates, 1930. A short summary of the poet’s life, in her own words.
W.H. Hewins was town clerk from 1884 to 1934. At age 84, he set down his memories of how the town looked in his boyhood. Let him show you the contrast between 1850 and 1924. (With annotations including many current street addresses.)
At left is a reconstruction of the layout of Falmouth village circa 1700, as drawn by Clarence Anderson in 1975.
Click below to see maps from other eras.
Third Mate Silas Jones found himself in command of the whaler Awashonks when Pacific Islanders killed the captain and first and second mates. Read about the most famous episode of Falmouth maritime history, and how Silas saved the day.