Hyannis (and Wianno, a section of Osterville) derived its distinctive name from Iyannough, a kindly 17th century Wampanoag sachem, or chief, of the Mattakeese tribe. Its Village Green is marked by a bronze Iyannough statue. Hyannis is the Cape’s mercantile, transportation and business hub. Its historic mile-long Main Street is perfect for shopping, dining, strolling or people-watching. Buses, seasonal trains, island ferries and airplanes are near Main Street. The nostalgic working harbor is a five-minute walk as are museums and many services. Cape Cod Mall is about a mile off Main and many historic houses and buildings are found here. Several outstanding warm water beaches including Kalmus, a popular wind and kits surfing venue, are a short distance from the village center. Nearby, in the iconic hamlet of Hyannisport, JFK maintained a “summer White House” and the Kennedy family has been part of the Hyannis community for nearly a century!
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