Barnstable was founded in 1639, being one of the first towns in Cape Cod settled by Pilgrims and European settlers. At first, the only residents of Barnstable were farmers. However, it wasn’t long after that the local merchants turned their attention to agriculture, fishing, and salt works. These significant industries contributed to the town’s early economy.
Barnstable is now home to nearly 46,000 residents and was even voted as the 2007 winner of the All-American City Award. Today, it is split up into several villages, including Hyannis, and Barnstable’s downtown central business district which also attracts many locals and tourists.
Much like the rest of Cape Cod, Barnstable has its fair share of sandy dunes, rocky coasts, and thick woodlands. The north region of Barnstable is home to the Barnstable Harbor and the Sandy Neck Light, with miles of forests and Wequaquet Lake dominating the center of the town.
Because of its proximity to the water, many local homes and businesses are constructed out of materials like wood. Unfortunately, wood-based buildings often fall susceptible to unwanted pests like termites.