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Overview - Beaches - Points of Interest - Schools - Chamber of Commerce - Sandwich Lodging

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Over several hundred years, Sandwich has evolved into a classic New England town with gracious old homes, antique stores and museums clustered together in its central historic district. Even the town hall, built in 1834, is still in use. Lacking a deep-water harbor, Sandwich never developed like many Cape towns into a whaling or shipping port. But the town's relative proximity to Boston did make it very accessible to industrialization. Named after an English seaport, the town's moniker better designates a type of glass manufactured here. 

Originally created by the Sandwich Glass Company, Sandwich glass is a vividly colored type, prized by collectors. The company made pressed as well as blown, cut, etched and enameled glass. Examples of all these styles are on display at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Various examples also reside above the doorways of many town homes. The oldest glassworks in America, Pairpoint Crystal (est.1837), is also open to the public on Route 6A in nearby Sagamore.

Other historical sites in town center include the Dexter Grist Mill, built in 1654 and restored in 1961. Fresh mill-ground corn is usually for sale in season. Also close by is the Yesteryears Doll and Miniature Museum. It houses antique dolls from Germany, France, China and other countries. The museum also has a collector's shop. Of special interest to children is the Thornton W. Burgess Museum. It was founded to honor the famous Sandwich author whose storybook characters included Peter Cottontail and Mother West Wind.

One mile from the center of town is Sandwich's largest and best-known attraction, Heritage Plantation. The museum houses a number of diverse collections including 35 antique automobiles from before World War II, antique firearms, military miniatures, and Currier & Ives prints. In May, the grounds blossom into a sea of flowering rhododendrons that are an attraction unto themselves.

To explore the town's true natural beauty, take the Sandwich Boardwalk, which crosses a creek and marsh through low dunes to Town Neck Beach. Other local beaches include Spring Hill and East Sandwich Beach. Nearby Shawme-Crowell State Forest offers clean, comfortable campsites and RV facilities on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Points of Interest

  • Thornton W. Burgess Museum - This museum, dedicated to the Sandwich-born author of the children's literary classic 'Peter Rabbit and the Briar Patch,' features memorabilia of his life and legacy. There is also a gift shop on the premises. Located on Water Street.
  • Heritage Plantation - An extensive representation of early Cape Cod life, there are exhibits here to please all ages. Many of them decorate the meticulously manicured grounds including a 1912 carousel, an 1800s windmill that still grinds corn and a stone-built Shaker Round Barn housing Gary Cooper's 1931 Duesenburg. Nature trails and a picnic area also accent the property. Other exhibits include a collection of 34 pre-WWII automobiles; and military museum with war miniatures, period firearms and replica flags. Located on the corner of Pine and Grove Streets.
  • Hoxie House - This landmark is the oldest home in Sandwich and has been restored to its 17th Century appearance. Built in 1675 for Rev. John Smith, it still uses 20 percent of the original timber structure. Located on Water Street off Route 130.
  • Sandwich Glass Museum - Showcasing glass from around the world, this collection includes over 6,000 examples of 19th Century Boston and Sandwich Glass Company glassware. Everything from vintage jars to vases to blown glass are represented here. The building's windows themselves are also decorative examples and give off kaleidoscope colors on bright days. Located on Main Street in Town Hall Square.
  • Yesteryears Doll Museum - The First Parish Meetinghouse houses this international collection of children's dolls. The structure, built in 1638, also features a collector's gift shop offering antique dollhouses, toys and miniatures. Located on the corner of Main and River Streets.
  • Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen - This conservation center offers nature trails and natural history exhibits, The old-fashioned kitchen still produces jams, jellies and relishes using traditional 19th Century methods. Located on Discovery Hill Road at Route 6A.
  • Shawme-Crowell State Forest - 280 campsites dot this wooded park featuring a variety of trees and wildlife. Sites are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Most include picnic tables, grills and all have nearby bathroom facilities. Open in the summertime. Winter self-contained units are allowed. Located on Route 130.


  • Forestdale Elementary School
    151 Route 130, Sandwich
  • H.T. Wing Elementary School
    Route 130, Sandwich
  • Oak Ridge Elementary School
    Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich
  • Sandwich High School
    Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich

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