Wellfleet Information and Sales Listings

Wellfleet was discovered by Europeans in the early 1600's, when the explorer Samuel de Champlain named it "Port Aux Huitres" (Oyster Port) due the prolific oyster beds.  Eventually settled in the mid 1600's by the Europeans such as Billingsgate, Wellfleet was part of neighboring Eastham until 1763, achieving town status after nearly 30 years of petitioning.

Wellfleet's oyster beds drove the early economy, as did whaling and other fishing endeavors. The oyster fleet continues to this day, however, harvesting many other types of shellfish as well.

Construction of the Chequesset Inn in the late 19th century contributed to the development of a tourist economy in Wellfleet. The town has lhe largest number of  art galleries on Cape Cod,after Provincetown.  


Wellfleet Government

Wellfleet is governed by the open town meeting form of government and a board of selectmen, who employ a town administrator to oversee day-to-day business. The town has its own police and fire departments, headquartered on Route 6 near the town center. There are two post offices, and both are also located along Route 6. The Wellfleet Public Library is located in the town center.

Wellfleet Government

Area Listings

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Updated: 25th September, 2021 3:16 AM (UTC).