About Osterville, MA
Zip Code - 02655
2010 Population: 3,633
With seventeen miles of shoreline, it is no wonder that Osterville was well known in early years for both ship building and salt production. Salt vats lined the shores of Osterville during the early 1800’s until boat building became the base of commerce for the village. The most recognized boat builder is Crosby, creator of the world famous Crosby Catboat (around 1850) and is still in business today. During World War II, the Crosby Yacht property was commandeered by the Army Corps of Engineers who conducted landing boat training for the Normandy Invasion, in 1945.
Originally named Cotacheset, the village was not known by the name Osterville until about 1815. Once home to Sea Captains and Oystermen, the village was developed to serve the needs of tourists and summer residents, with rail service beginning in the 1850’s. At just under six square miles, Osterville has secluded beaches, world class golf and a charming village center, brimming with boutiques, galleries and bistros.