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French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum

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Address: corner of Cove Road and Route 28, Orleans, MA
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+1 508-240-1735

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We were met by a volunteer who patiently showed us the history of trans-Atlantic communication dating early in the 20th century

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We were met by a volunteer who patiently showed us the history of trans-Atlantic communication dating early in the 20th century

Thank William M
Dover, Vermont
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staffed by volunteers, this museum tells the story of transatlantic communication from the original Morse Code Cables to the present day fiber optic cables that are the backbone of the internet. Check for open hours, well worth a stop.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The French Telegraph Company established in 1879 on a bluff in Eastham, Massachusetts. Due to unfavorable conditions on the bluff, the station was moved to Orleans in 1891. From 1890 to 1941, operators received trans-Atlantic communications through a 3,000 mile underwater cable near Brest, France. Messages relayed include Charles Lindbergh’s arrival in Paris, and the fall of Brest to the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Although it is closed, the signage and house looked nice from the outside. There is a small parking at the back of the house. Since it is on Main Street and in close proximity to other stores (TJMax, stop and shop) we stopped spent less than 45 min all together

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Ferney-Voltaire, France
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

Hard to imagine a more modest museum, one that contains a truly impressive collection of "state of the art" (1880s-1930s) telegraphic equipment. Surprising it is not reviewed in the current Michelin Guide - it really is a French-American treasure of what was a vital link between the US and Europe . There is a fine DVD for purchase - and... More 

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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I must say my husband dragged me to this museum. It is the station for the first international cable between the U S and Europe. It is filled with the original equipment that ran the station. We started off with an informational video about its history which was interesting. It is run by volunteers and I just wished the very... More 

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Queensbury, New York
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

This place is operated totally by local volunteers..mostly old timers. These folks are very dedicated and quite knowledgable concerning the old technology of sending cable messages across ( under) the ocean. If you have the good fortune to listen and enjoy the presentations that are given you could learn a lot about a bygone era and old technology that was... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

Housed in the original 19th century building, the Cable Museum serves as a repository for remnants, equipment, displays and offices of the very first transatlantic cable line, first laid across 3000 miles of ocean shortly after the US civil war. It's mind boggling to learn how they achieved this daunting task, with the limited technology of the day. Well worth... More 

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 30 June 2016

This is a small local museum dedicated to the original transatlantic telegraph cable. not really curated, but a lot of interesting stuff and worth the visit, especially if its raining and you don't want to go to the beach

Thank peterfenn1
Carlisle, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We are glad to take a break from the beaches to visit this museum during our vacation in Cape Cod. It's wonderful to learn about the station and see how the technology evolved. The well-explained guided tour takes about one and half hours. My two teens are amazed on how people communicated not so long ago! The admission is free,... More 

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