Want to know more about our area of Cape Cod as you search for Hyannis motels near the ferry? Hyannis was scouted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602 and the Town of Barnstable was incorporated 37 years later in 1639. For the next two hundred years, shipmasters called the area home as they industrialized the area and by 1854 the railroad reached Hyannis. Hyannis has been a commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod for many years and draws millions of visitors today. The most notable visitor and then resident was President John F. Kennedy who purchased the “Summer White House” next to Joseph P. Kennedy’s Malcolm Cottage. Kennedy brought the spotlight to Hyannis with his acceptance speech (see the videos below) and by frequenting the town in the ‘60s. Today, you can visit the JFK Hyannis Museum on Main St. or visit the memorial on Lewis Bay.