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The Knob, a hideaway with views of Buzzards Bay

FALMOUTH — During the War of 1812, residents of the village of Quissett went to great lengths to obscure the presence of their lovely protected cove from British warships sailing past on Buzzards Bay. According to the Woods Hole Historical Society, foliage was used to camouflage ships, and treetops were lashed to masts to disguise the existence of the harbor and its shipbuilding and saltworks operations.

It’s 200 years on, and every day hundreds of summer interlopers take Woods Hole Road past this lovely slice of Falmouth that sits halfway between downtown and the Steamship Authority terminus at Woods Hole, where visitors ferry across the sound to Martha’s Vineyard. The vast majority of them drive right past the turn for Quissett Harbor, unaware of the tiny village and the 12-acre nature preserve that was established there nearly 40 years ago.

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