Historic Marker Program

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Antique homes, historic sites and landscapes are significant features of Sandwich. The Historic Marker Program honors the town’s history and the stewardship that has preserved its special character over the years. The program recognizes historic homes and buildings by a dated wooden sign approved by the Sandwich Historical Commission to help raise the awareness and appreciation of your home or business and the most treasured resources of Sandwich.

Quicklink: View and download the Sandwich Historic Marker Program application.

Methodist Church 1847 Historic MarkerEach oval marker measures 9” x 15” inches and is made of ½” MDO weatherproof sign-board. The marker is sealed and painted white with antique lettering and individually made. Holes are pre-drilled and include stainless steel mounting hardware. Markers are available only through the Sandwich Historical Commission (SHC) for a cost of just $80.00.

To find out if you qualify for a Historic Marker, or if you are interested, please read the following details:
Your house must be at least 100 years of age, or listed on the National Register or determined by the Sandwich Historical Commission to be historically significant.
Research may be completed by the homeowner, consultant, or volunteer. Such research should begin with a review of the Historic Asset List (MHC Form B) and other local historical resources on file in the Archives Room of the Sandwich Public Library. The Archivist Barbara Gill is able to offer help. Members of the Sandwich Historical Commission are available on a limited basis to undertake research for homeowners in the Barnstable Registry of Deeds and other sources of data.
John H Chipman Historic MarkerMarkers will display the original owner’s name or original building name and the year (or circa year) of construction. In certain circumstances, the SHC will consider an alternate name if the person was a significant owner or occupant of the building. Markers are generally expected to be located on the front facade of your historic home or building.
Applications are reviewed and discussed at a regularly scheduled SHC meeting. Applicants will be informed of the meeting date. Applicants or their representatives may attend the meeting, but it is not required. The sign will be completed 4-6 weeks after the meeting date.

Application Deadline: Marker applications must be completed and received by the commission more than seven days prior to any meeting in order to be considered at that meeting. Applications received less than seven days prior to any meeting will be considered at the next regular meeting.

If you have any questions about the program, eligibility, or application please contact the program coordinator, William F. Daley: wfdaley[at]comcast.net

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