First settled in 1666, Hyannis, Massachusetts is the largest of seven villages in the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. It is the commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod and was designated an urban area as a result of the 1990 census. Because of this, many refer to Hyannis as the "Capital of the Cape".
It contains the Barnstable town offices and two important shopping districts, the historic downtown Main Street and the Rt 132 commercial district, including Cape Cod Mall and Cape Cod Potato Chips. Hyannis, the "Home port of Cape Cod," boasts the area's largest concentration of businesses, shops, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment spots. In the Main Street and Waterfront District you'll find Hyannis Harbor, the Village Green, the JFK Hyannis Museum, the JFK Memorial Park, and much more. President-elect Kennedy gave his acceptance of the 1960 election returns on November 9, 1960 at Hyannis Armory (See Videos Below). The JFK Hyannis Museum in the old Town Hall on Main St. focuses on John F. Kennedy's time spent in the town. There is a memorial to President Kennedy on the Lewis Bay waterfront that was erected by Barnstable citizens in 1966. The memorial includes a fountain and a field-stone monument with the presidential seal and JFK inscription: "I believe it is important that this country sail and not sit still in the harbor."
The Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod Baseball League play in Hyannis at the McKeon Park from mid-June to early August. Hyannis is an important tourist destination and the primary ferry boat and General aviation link for passengers and freight to Nantucket Island. Hyannis provides secondary passenger access to Martha's Vineyard Island. Due to its large natural harbor, Hyannis is the largest recreational boating and second largest commercial fishing port on Cape Cod."*
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President-elect Kennedy acceptance of the 1960 election returns on November 9, 1960 at Hyannis Armory which is located directly behind the Hyannis Holiday Motel. The election was on November 8, 1960.
This home movie was made on October 27,1963, and shows President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy at the Kennedy's vacation retreat.