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Wychmere HarborToday Wychmere Harbor is one of the most unique harbors on the Cape. The view of the harbor filled with vessels during the warmer months is spectacular.

This harbor was once known as Salt Pond and it had no opening to the ocean.  There was a small stream of water exchanged between pond and ocean, but nothing that would allow any sort of vessels to access the pond.

Fishermen tried in vain to dig a channel by hand. When that failed, the stream was plugged and a makeshift race track was made around the pond for the locals to race their horses.

Salt Pond did not become the harbor seen today until 1887 when a channel was dug to the ocean and  jetties were built.

The new harbor was not named “Wychmere” until the mid-1920s when a group of tycoons bought the land surrounding the harbor and as well as some land in South Harwich.

They called themselves the Wychmere Syndicate and their mission, in part, was to give the harbor a better name than Salt Pond.

Wychmere can translate to “salt lake,” because “Wych” is believed to come from the British “wich” meaning where salt is found, and “mere” is Scottish for lake.

Today Wychmere Harbor is one of the most unique harbors on the Cape. The view of the harbor filled with vessels during the warmer months is spectacular.

Wychmere Harbor in Harwich is one of the Cape’s most picturesque harbors.

What makes this spot even better is the ease at which one can view it.  As you drive along Route 28 in Harwich, you will pass right by the harbor.

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