Bourne Historical Society Events Will Celebrate Canal Centennial

The Bourne Historical Society will celebrate the centennial of the Cape Cod Canal with several special events and a few items that emphasize the canal.

All events will be held at the Aptucxet Museum Complex on the Banks of the Cape Cod Canal at 24 Aptucxet Road in Bourne.

On Saturday, activities will include an all-day Revolutionary War encampment with the Yarmouth Militia Company on the banks of the canal. Crafters will be set up with items for sale from 10 AM until 5 PM. It will also be Colonial Day at the museum. Events will include the chance to participate in crafts such as weaving and making cornhusk dolls, and the opportunity to march with the militia. From 11 AM until 6 PM hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, water and snacks will be available to purchase, and at 9 PM visitors can view the ship parade of lights in the Cape Cod Canal.

Parking fee at the museum will be $10. The day’s events are free.


On Sunday, a Pilgrim’s Progress church service will take place at 7:30 AM followed by pastries and fruit. A free-will offering will be taken.

Parking for the day will be $10.

On Tuesday, the day of the centennial, the museum will offer free tours of the Aptucxet Trading Post, Gray Gables Railroad Station, and the salt works between 11 AM and 4 PM. From 11 AM until 6 PM hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, water and snacks will be available to purchase. The gift shop will be open and will have copies of the new Cape Cod Canal calendar and the new book, “Images of America: Bourne.” The Windmill Art Studio will be open and the Painted Ladies will be exhibiting their artwork.

Parking at the museum will be $10.

Visitors to the museum will be able to watch the tugboat parade along the canal at 4 PM. Musical entertainment will take place on the banks of the canal beginning at 7 PM and will feature folk singer Bill Black. Fireworks from the railroad bridge will begin at 8:30 PM and can be viewed from Aptucxet.


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