Exploring Historic Sandwich Village

Posted by Mark Washburn on Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 8:16pm.



From museums to historic sites, restaurants to old inns, you’ll find it all as you explore the varied options of Sandwich Village. The oldest town on Cape Cod, Sandwich Village was first founded in the 1600s, named for Sandwich, England.

First settled by around 60 families, residents constructed a Town House and gristmill. The introduction of a large glass factory then led to a major boost in the town’s population, and set the stage for decades of progress.

Now some of the old historic homes and buildings house bed-and-breakfasts, while you’ll also find rebuilt properties adorned with furnishings with a nod to the town’s past. You’ll find antique furniture in old homes and old businesses, plus that famous Sandwich glass.

Many homes in the village display historic nameplates, recognizing the original owners and further telling the history of the area. Meanwhile, the Sandwich Glass Museum not only showcases original pieces of glass, but also hosts glass blowing demonstrations. Yet another museum stands in tribute to home life in the 1600s.

You can also still visit an operating gristmill for freshly ground cornmeal or to draw fresh water from its well. Meanwhile, the author of Peter Cottontail is celebrated at the Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen, yet another attraction of the area.

Close to marking another century down in its history, Sandwich Village is now known as a fascinating old town, with a walk-able setting that makes it easy to explore the Cape Cod region. Popular with tourists and with year-round residents, the village is the very first one you reach coming over Sagamore Bridge.

While Sandwich is a fun place to explore all in itself, it also provides a great starting off point for day trips to bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail or to visit the nearby Cape Cod National Seashore.

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