Barnstable was settled shortly after Sandwich and incorporated in 1639. The largest town on Cape Cod,it contains seven villages. Two, West Barnstable andBarnstable, fall within the Old King's Highway Regional Historic District. Barnstable Village was once the fourth largest seaport in Massachuetts, and has been the county seat since 1685. Along route 6A, from the Sandwich line to the Yarmouth border,are over a hundred historic sites and buildings which date to the beginnings of the town.