Skaket Beach Rental - Cape Cod Captain Linnell Road
Orleans , MA
A summer of fun and memories.

Enjoy the Best of Cape Cod this Summer - Orleans, MA

Located a short walk from Skaket Beach (with private and public access)

Orleans is a resort community on the Lower or Outer Cape and is the last town before the Cape bends northward past its elbow and becomes sparsely populated. It is bounded by Cape Cod Bay to the West and Nauset beach to the east, Chatham and Brewster to the south, and Eastham to the north. With Routes 6, 6A, and 28 all converging, it's a center of activity on the Lower Cape, burgeoning with shops, restaurants, and businesses. Enjoy walking Orleans historic district, exploring museums and taking in live theater performances. Absorb the natural beauty of its shores and forests, discover the perfect spot for a whole range of outdoor sports including fishing, boating, swimming, biking and just plain relaxing in the clean, fresh air! 

History

Orleans was incorporated in 1797; unique to the town are several historical connections to France. Samuel de Champlain first charted Nauset Harbor in 1604. It was named after Louis-Phillippe de Bourbon, Duke of Orleans, to honor France's allegiance during the American Revolution. In 1879, Orleans was physically connected to France by a 300 mile underwater telegraph cable that linked the U.S. to Europe. In fact, news of the sinking of the Titanic, Lindbergh's landing in Paris, and the German occupation of France in 1940 arrived first to America in Orleans.


Nauset Indians

Native Rose - Rosa Rugosa

The Nauset Indians originally inhabited the area, and taught the early settlers about shell fishing. As Orleans grew, fishing, farming, merchant sailing, and salt works became key to the economy. In the 1900's, Cape Cod and Orleans also became a destination for summer vacationers as they discovered its beautiful beaches and gentle climate.


Captain Linnell

Born in Orleans in 1811, Captain Ebenezer Harding Linnell sailed ships around the world, commanding both the clipper ships Eagle Wing and Flying Mist. It was with Eagle Wing that he set a speed record from London to Hong Kong, and also where he died off the coast of Brazil. His travels influenced a love for neoclassical architecture. In fact, his famous mansion, built in the 1850s, was based on the home of a friend in Marseilles, France. With it's white, columned facade, it's a landmark that still gloriously stands today as the celebrated Captain Linnell House restaurant.