The town is considered by some to be the birthplace of the cranberry industry, with the first commercial operation opened in 1846.
The town is also the site of the start/finish line of the "Sail Around the Cape", which rounds the Cape counter-clockwise, returning via the Cape Cod Canal. ==Attractions== Since 1976, the town has hosted the annual Harwich Cranberry Festival, noted for its fireworks display, in September. In the summer, the town is host to the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
potential natural vegetation types, Harwich, Massachusetts, would primarily contain a Northeastern oak/pine (110) vegetation type with a Southern mixed forest (26) vegetation form. ==Demographics== As of the census of 2000, there were 12,386 people, 5,471 households, and 3,545 families residing in the town.
The Mariners were the 2008 league champions.
At the 2010 census it had a population of 12,243.
The state's senior member of the United States Senate is Elizabeth Warren, elected in 2012.
The junior senator is Ed Markey, elected in 2013. Harwich is governed by the open town meeting form of government, led by a town administrator and a board of selectmen. ==Public and health services== There are three libraries in the town.
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