The Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District was established in 1973; it is the
largest historic district in the nation. The district is designated as the
area north of Route 6 (the Mid Cape Highway) from Sandwich to Orleans. Each
Town has their own Historic District Committee. The Town of Barnstable’s Old
King’s Highway Historic District Committee reviews applications for any
change in the exterior of buildings and structures, fences and signs, and
applications for new construction or demolition. The Town of Barnstable OKH
the historical value and significance of existing buildings, and all
applications are reviewed for general design, proportion of building
elements, texture, materials and color. Settings, site design and layout and
relative size of buildings are also taken into consideration.
Applications are reviewed for their aesthetic appropriateness to the
historic integrity of the district, neighborhood and setting.