Dennis was first settled in 1639, by John Crowe (later Crowell) and Thomas
Howes, as part of the town of Yarmouth. The town officially separated and
incorporated in 1793. It was named after resident minister, Rev. Josiah Dennis.
There was not enough land for farming, so seafaring became the town's major
industry in its early history, centered on the Shiverick Shipyard.
Currently, Dennis is a popular seaside resort town, notable for its stately
colonial mansions along the northern Cape Cod Bay coastline, and its
picturesque, warm-water beaches along the southern Nantucket Sound.