John Hayward, Gazetteer of the United States of America… (Philadelphia: James L. Gihon, 1854), 279.
Barnstable County, Ms. c. h. at Barnstable. This county includes the whole of Cape Cod. The whole length of the cape is 65 miles, and the average breadth about 5 miles. Below the town of Barnstable the county is quite sandy, so much so that the people are generally dependent on Boston and other towns for a large proportion of their meats and breadstuffs. This deficit is amply compensated by the unrivalled privileges enjoyed, and well improred by them, in the cod, mackerel, and other fisheries. This county has but little wood, but it is well stored with peat, and an abundance of pure, soft water.