French Cable Station Museum

Connecting France to the United States

A museum for the marine telegraph operation from France to the United States. The station stopped operating in 1959. The property , building, and equipment were purchased by 10 prominent citizens of Orleans. It opened as a museum on 1972.

At one time the station was the US termination point for a marine telegraph line direct from France. The actual equipment used is still in place and some can be demonstrated.

Free guided tours are available of an historic collection of original Atlantic undersea telegraphic cables, instruments, maps, and assorted memorabilia. Donations are welcome to help defray the cost of operation.

Historic Markers

Placed around town at sites of historic significance are markers. The “anchor” marker is located in front of Snow Library, and in three panels, tells the story of the town’s origins, founding, incorporation, and naming. Markers memoralize the coming of the railroad to Orleans, Rock Harbor Academy, the origins of Snow Library, the Old Methodist Burial Ground, the Old Post Office, and the Old Firehouse. Historic Markers depicting the Lifesaving Heritage of Orleans will be installed soon at Nauset Beach. To find the markers, see this map. To learn more about the historic markers project please visit their website.