Various Native American tribes inhabited the area for thousands of years prior to European settlement, most notably the Wampanoag tribe. English pilgrims landed here in 1620 but deemed the land unsuitable for a settlement. Truro was settled in the 1690's.
Today, it is known for its beautiful beaches, quiet Cape Cod atmosphere, lighthouses, and sunsets and sunrises.
People Born in Truro
Truro in People's Lives
Martin Pring: I spent two months here in 1603, long before any sort of settlement existed. After scaring off the natives, my men and I put up a temporary dwelling place, which would later be discovered by English pilgrims in 1620. Living here went well, and we survived on a varied diet of wild animals, which my men enjoyed hunting, and fish. More productively, I instructed my men to harvest sassafras trees to be exported to England. However, one night, a large raid party of Wampanoag Indians attacked my ship, the Speedwell, and attempted to steal back the wood. Two mastiffs guarding the ship sounded the alarm and held off the natives long enough for us to retaliate and cast off. The natives burned all the remaining sassafras on shore, ensuring that we could not return to harvest any more. We captured one of their birch canoes and brought it back to England with us to display. This was our last stop in the Americas before sailing back across the sea.