The Crocker Tavern House is located on Olde Kings Highway on the unspoiled north side of the Cape just outside the quaint seaside village of Barnstable.  Prior to English settlement, Olde Kings Highway was an Indian path.  Today Olde Kings Highway (Route 6A) is one of the most famous and scenic roads in America. The most renown section of the Highway is the "historic mile," on which the Tavern is located. The "historic mile" visually preserves the historic, cultural, and aesthetic traditions of the Cape's early days.

The Tavern also boasts an historic granite marker erected in the 1700s for stagecoaches. The inscriptions on the marker featured below designate respectively the mileage to Plymouth, Boston, and the northeastern tip of the Cape:

Location Distance in miles
P - (Plymouth) 30.5
B - (Boston) 79.5
C. Cod - (Provincetown) 43

Barnstable Village prior to English settlement was known as "Mattacheese" by the Indians. In 1620, the Pilgrims actually skirted Barnstable on their journey to Plymouth, but decided not to enter the harbor due to a snowstorm. In 1621, a young Pilgrim by the name of John Billington wandered back into the forests of "Mattacheese," lost his way, and was eventually rescued by a band of Pilgrims aided by the Sachem Iyannough. Eighteen years later (1639) the Town of Barnstable was established by the Reverend John Lothrop and his congregation. Reverend Lothrop's home, which dates back to 1644, is across the street from the Crocker Tavern House. Today, Reverend Lothrop's home operates as the Sturgis Library and is known as the oldest building in America housing a public library, and also has the distinction of being the oldest structure still standing in America where religious services were regularly held.

Within walking distance of the Crocker Tavern are restaurants, museums, St. Mary's Episcopal Church gardens, the Sturgis Library and genealogy research facility, specialty shops, and Barnstable Harbor with a public beach, sportfishing, and whalewatching. The dunes of Sandy Neck, south side beaches, freshwater ponds, golf, Hyannis shopping and nightlife, the Kennedy Museum, the airport, and island ferries are all within a ten minute drive. The Tavern's mid-Cape location is an ideal vantage point to explore the entire Cape. A favorite pastime of many visitors is meandering along Olde Kings Highway with its stately historic homes, antique shops, gift shops and fine restaurants.

Directions to the Tavern are as follows: Route 6 East (Mid-Cape Highway) to Exit 6 (Route 132). Turn left onto Route 132 North. Go about one half mile to end. Turn right onto Route 6A East. The Crocker Tavern House is 2.2 miles on the right.


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Crocker Tavern
3095 Main Street (Historic Route 6A)
Barnstable, MA 02630