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Marstons Mills
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Location of ZIP code 02648 Marstons Mills within the Town of Barnstable, county, and state
Location of ZIP code 02648 Marstons Mills within the Town of Barnstable, county, and state
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Town Barnstable
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 02648

Marstons Mills (also spelled Marston's Mills) is a village in the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. It was settled by Roger Goodspeed before 1653. His granddaughter Lydia married Benjamin Marston who developed the fulling mill and weaving operations along the Marstons Mills River, hence the name of the village. It is primarily residential, located on Massachusetts Route 28, and rural in nature. Main roads also include Massachusetts Route 149, Race Lane, River Road, Osterville-West Barnstable Road, and Santuit-Newtown Road. The ZIP code for Marstons Mills is 02648.

Physical formation

Marstons Mills is located on glacial outwash plains, the northern boundary of which is the moraine hills of the West Barnstable conservation lands. The plains consist of sands and gravels deposited by glacial meltwaters; to the south finer particles of silts and clays form good agricultural soils. Steep slopes overlook the Marstons Mills River and Little River. These river valleys were cut by much more powerful forerunners of the present rivers, which are little more than streams today. Stripped of vegetation, these slopes erode easily and can become unstable. Ponds are formed in deep kettle holes, the most notable of which are Mystic, Middle, and Hamblins.

Main Street

Main Street in Marstons Mills is mostly residential, with Liberty Hall and the Marstons Mills Public Library located on the road.Maratons Mills Community Church is located near the former Marstons Mills Elementary School and across from Liberty Hall.

Lakes

Marstons Mills has many notable lakes, cranberry bogs, and ponds, including Hamblin's Pond, Mystic Lake, Middle Pond, Muddy Pond, Little Pond, Round Pond, Long Pond, Patty's Pond, Mill Pond, Lovell's Pond, and Shubael Pond on Route 149. Marstons Mills has no salt-water beaches. (Although Prince Cove has salt water access, there isn't a public beach, only a town-owned marina and boat ramp.)

Recreation

Burgess Park and the herring run provide leisure opportunities for adults and children of all ages. Burgess Park was purchased by the town in 1989 for its historic and scenic values. It has proven to be a very popular park for many different activities, most notably disc golf. The village survey revealed that this property is favored second only to the pond beaches and is also identified as one of the valued scenic views. Concern was expressed, however, for the incompatible nature and location of play equipment at Burgess Park. The Long Pond Conservation has a scenic bike path (off Newtown Road). The only grass airport left on the Cape is Cape Cod Airfield, which originally started in 1929 and was a Massachusetts Air National Guard summer training site in the 1930s. There is also the 18-hole Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course, which is on the site of the old fairgrounds.

Although Cape Cod is known for its fishing industry, Marstons Mills' fishing is for recreation only, aside from Prince Cove which is the only gateway to the ocean. All but two bodies of water in the village are considered lakes for depth and water surface area. Fishing in the smaller ponds include mainly small perch and bass. Mercury in the fish is a concern in Mystic Lake. Hunting is less prevalent than fishing in Marstons Mills; the only hunting area is on conservation land in northwestern Marstons Mills, called West Barnstable Conservation. Hunting includes rabbit, deer, and wild turkey.


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