The Old King’s Highway Historic District Committee (OKH) is looking for a new member to fill a vacancy that will occur at the end of this year. The Town would like to thank Carrie Bearse, the current Clerk for OKH, for her time and dedication to the Committee over the last nineteen years!


The Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District was established in 1973 and is the largest historic district in the nation. The district is designated as the area north of Route 6 (the Mid Cape Highway) from Sandwich to Orleans.

The Town of Barnstable’s Old King’s Highway Historic District Committee reviews applications for any change in the exterior of buildings and structures, fences and signs, as well as new construction and demolition. The Committee considers the historical value and significance of existing buildings, and all applications are reviewed for general design, proportion of building elements, texture, materials, color and overall aesthetic appropriateness to the historic integrity of the district, neighborhood and setting.

Meetings occur twice monthly on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month and commence at 6:30 PM. The membership will be for the duration of a 4-year term. All members must be registered to vote in the Town of Barnstable.

For more information about the Committee, please visit the Old King’s Highway webpage. Under the resources tab, the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District Commission Bulletin establishes the rules and regulations as well as guidelines for the Committee.


We ask that anyone who is interested in running for this election correspond with the Assistant Director of Planning and Development, Kate Maldonado, via email: or by phone: 508-862-4791. A nomination paper is required to be completed in order to run for this election. The deadline for obtaining a nomination paper is from Friday, October 1, 2021 through Monday October 18, 2021. All completed nomination papers are due by Friday October 29, 2021.