"Osterville....or.... "O-ville", as they say" Osterville by Pawtuxet

Osterville Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 68 photos

One of the most charming villages on Cape Cod

Osterville has a fashionable business district, a quiet and sophisticated demeanor, and of course...a wonderful shoreline.
There is a rich history of boat building and sailing here. Gardens flourish and the community gets involved in matters of celebrating their good fortune to live in a place so beautiful as this.
I was lucky to be there on Osterville Days weekend, when everyone comes out to celebrate, visit, enjoy the parade, visit the variety of buildings and displays at the historic society, and have a light lunch around town.
It was a glorious time..weather wise, and I can highly recommend this little place for your day tripping pleasure.

The Jelly House

The Jelly House is a very small structure which would typically be built alongside the road on Cape Cod, and the owners would sell their home made Beach Plum Jelly or similar products out of this site. Years ago the Cape was known for a place to do a leisurely drive, stopping often at galleries, gift shops, and little places like this to buy home made products.
The Jelly House sits on the land owned by the Osterville Historical Society. There are a number of buildings in the complex...all worth visiting.

Music, parade and bubbles on Village Day

Each year O-ville celebrates "Village Day" with a parade, antique cars, art festival and plenty of fun for all ages.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful, peaceful, ideallic, convenient
  • Cons:Don't look for bright lights and noisy hot spots
  • In a nutshell:Great spot to kick back and take it easy
  • Last visit to Osterville: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2009 at 3:47 AM

    This looks like a very pleasant little place. Very taken by the antique cars (as I suspect you would have expected :)).

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    Nice page, Janet! What a great little town--it seems to have everything needed to be called "charming"! It must be great to live there.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2009 at 6:29 AM

    It's a wonderful place indeed! ><>< Thanks for your story, Janet! ><><><

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 8:04 AM

    An excellent tour of lovely Osterville. Beautiful gardens and interesting history.

  • ZiOOlek's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2007 at 3:18 AM

    Janet, what a wonderful trip you had.:) I love small historic towns much more than cities!

  • Aug 20, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    I love the photo of the jelly house and the tips about boat building. I really love old boats. Looks like you had fun!

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Your tour of Cape Cod reminds me of the House and Garden tours we used to go on each year near the Mexican War streets in Pittsburgh. Not the location, but certainly the lovely homes and courtyards--which were beautifully restored and loved by so many!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Yes, the small towns at the cape are little jewels. Great tips about a favorite area of mine.

  • cadzand's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2007 at 3:39 AM

    I like the "buy a board" idea too. So you made a "cruise" here :)

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2007 at 3:15 AM

    A nice place to take a sail = good idea to buy a board in someones memory too


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