History of Sandwich
While the rest of the world may know this community for the distinctive glassware it produced in the 1800s, Sandwich, Massachusetts most prominent legacy is as the oldest town on all of Cape Cod. Founded in 1637, its location was appealing to incoming settlers for its expansive marshes near the ocean and its resemblance to its namesake - Sandwich, England. History is abundant in Sandwich, from Town Hall Square with its National Historic designation encompassing over 200 buildings to the nationally famous 1847 First Church and the 1654 mill that still grinds corn at the edge of peaceful Shawme Pond.
Designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as the Glass Town Cultural District for its rich offering historical sights are all within walking distance of Sandwich center. These include art galleries, ceramic makers and glassblowers, along with such attractions as the Sandwich Glass Museum - which celebrates the role the town played in American glass production - and Heritage Museums & Gardens, whose grounds feature wooded paths, gardens, unique sculptures, an automobile museum and a kid-friendly discovery area tucked away in a dry kettle hole.
42 square miles in total, Sandwich is divided into three villages, Sandwich, East Sandwich and Forestdale. Sandwich today is filled with rows of weathered clapboard homes, Greek Revival houses and a town square encircled by shady trees. Historic Route 6A winds its way through Sandwich, featuring great shops, restaurants, antiquing and galleries all along the route.
Things To Do in Sandwich
The Sandwich Boardwalk, originally built in 1875 and extending 1,350 feet in length with low dunes and a marsh that is home to aquatic wildlife and a variety of shorebirds. In addition to these scenic views, people walking the boardwalk can find engraved messages on almost every plank, the result of a fundraising effort to rebuild the boardwalk following Hurricane Bob in 1991.
Anyone with a love for the great outdoors will enjoy Sandwich's miles of hiking trails, which wind along marshes, ponds, cranberry bogs, and through woodlands with some of the state’s oldest pines. Among them are Boyden Farm Conservation Lands, Ryder Conservation Land, Maple Swamp Conservation Area, Scorton Creek trails, and the Shawme-Crowell State Forest.
If you’re looking to become one of the town’s newest homeowners, contact Demakis Family Real Estate’s nearby Mattapoisett office for more information. You can also create an account to save your searches and receive updates when homes you may be interested in hit the market!