John Hayward, Gazetteer of the United States of America… (Philadelphia: James L. Gihon, 1854), 279.
Barnstable, Ms., c. h. Barnstable co. Pleasantly located at the head of Cape Cod. Its harbor is formed by Sandy Neck, and is good for vessels of 8 feet draught of water. From this place packets constantly ply to Boston, and, in the summer months, steamboats run between this place, Plymouth, and Boston. There are a number of pleasant villages in the town. West Barnstable village is 4 m. from the court house. Hyannis is 6 S from it, and has become, by an expensive breakwater, a most important harbor, perfectly safe from all winds. Oysterville, Centreville, and Cotuit. are on the south side of the cape, and have good harbors for small vessels. This town has numerous ponds, a valuable cranberry meadow, some fine upland, and extensive salt marshes. 65 miles S. E. from Boston.