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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Historic Sites in Sandwich

Good afternoon, everyone,
and Happy June!

Before I show you some of the historic sites in Sandwich
that I'll be visiting next week, I'd first like to
update you on a bit of exciting news for me...

In August, I may be going to New Hampshire!

I don't want to get my hopes up just yet... but, we have
a family friend who lives in Keene, and we're thinking
of heading up there to pay them a visit. Not only is this
exciting since I've never been to New Hampshire before,
but we also might stay in the historic Hancock Inn!
I actually featured this very inn on one of my B&B Fridays 
(click link to see post) in the past... see how lovely it is?
All I have to do now is wait for my mom to set a date, and start
saving every penny of my earnings (this inn isn't cheap!)
You have no idea how much this will make my summer
if these plans of mine are put forth into action...♥
Will keep you all posted!

 Now... coming back to my trip to Cape Cod
in exactly ten days!

Here are some museums and historic sites
that I'm planning on visiting around town:

The Dexter Grist Mill
 "This circa 1640 grist mill is the real McCoy, built by Thomas Dexter, and was one of several turbine-powered workhorses used during the glass factories’ Halcyon days. It went out of use in 1880s, when coal-powered western mills provided cheaper flour and sat idle until the 1920s, when it was resurrected in a new incarnation as a tea room to cater to a tourists driving to the Cape by a comparatively new invention, the automobile. Its cypress wood waterwheel and wooden gears are powered by pond overflow. Today, the mill’s output is cornmeal which is happily sold in cloth bags."
Hoxie House
"This archetypal, restored shingle saltbox house is alleged to be Cape Cod’s oldest. It was built circa 1675 for the town’s second minister, John Smith, and was named after whaling Captain Abraham Hoxie, who purchased the house in the 1850s. The House sits on a high knoll overlooking willow-lined Shawme Pond—haunt of ubiquitous water fowl—and is authentically furnished to reflect the Colonial period and features a collection of antique textile machines. Twentieth-century occupants lived here, sans electricity, plumbing or central heat, until the early 1950s."
Now, we all know it is not the oldest, since my dream home in
Sandwich dates back to the 1630s... but shh, we'll let them think it is!

The Sandwich Glass Museum
"This fascinating museum introduces glass-making with a short video about Deming Jarves’ 19th century glass-making endeavor, wherein glass, heretofore only for the wealthy, became available to the middle classes. The Museum contains one of the largest collections of Sandwich glass in the US. In addition to providing a comprehensive portrait of the glass-making industry through artifacts, equipment, old photographs and records. The dazzling display of glass is displayed to optimal effect along banks of sunny windows through which sun illuminates the glass, lighting up the Museum in a kaleidoscope of colors. There are also artifacts of early Sandwich history and a gift shop."

Thornton W. Burgess Museum
"The famous children’s author (1874-1965) made Sandwich his home and this refreshing little museum contains a collection of his writings and original illustrations of his animal characters by Harrison Cady. Burgess was an avid conservationist and prolific author, having written 15,000 children’s stories and 170 books, the most famous of which were the popular series Old Mother West Wind and Peter Rabbit stories. Animal characters came alive in habitats such as the Old Briar Patch, Smiling Pool and Crooked Little Path. Children thrill to the 'see and touch' room, live-animal story hour and Peter Rabbit puzzles and games."


There's definitely more places that I'm missing, but
these ones are some of the few I'm looking most forward to!


  1. In Sandwich, you MUST visit Heritage Museums and Gardens!!! And with your paid admission, you can ride their antique carousel as many times as you wish! ;) This time of the year their gardens are delightfully in BLOOM! They have a Shaker barn filled with antique automobiles... I could go on and on. It's one of our favorite things to do in Sandwich.

  2. Hi Erin,
    There is also the Green Briar Nature Center which is associated with the Thornton Burgess Museum. When I see you, remind me to tell you about the house I live in which was where Thornton Burgess observed the real animals which he immortalized in his wonderful books.
    Time is moving quickly!

  3. I can see why you are so excited about going on vacation... All these places look amazing. I wish I could go with

    xoxo Gert

  4. Enjoy your trip to Sandwich. I hope you get to travel to New Hampshire as well. I always enjoy my visits there and the weather should be great in August.

  5. Looks like you're going to have fun! We used to have an old 1860's farm house in Connecticut....Looked a bit like your dream home, but more funktified. We also lived in Brewster on the Cape....That's where Paul was born..Brewster general store on Rt 6A is a fun stop! See you soon!

  6. I am so glad I found your blog. I've just become a "follower" because I want you to take me to New England with you. I had never been anywhere in New England until the summer of 2008. I went to look at wedding venues for my son and, now, daughter in love. I've since been back in the summer of 2009 and to the wedding in the fall of 2009. I love the area and look forward to further exploration and your postings.


  7. I forgot you love whales! Go to the whaling museum when you are here.Also, Claire Murray has a great article on Susan Branch in this month's issue of "La Vie Claire". I was lucky enough to hear her speak last night at the "Petticoat Row" Function!

  8. I'm definitely going to use some of your gorgeous photos for color inspiration on my blog too! I followed you from Maya's blog - glad you like my "color scheme from a memory" post.

    Can't wait to read your blog as well


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