Category Archives: History of Sandwich

Anything to do with natural or human history of Sandwich and environs.

Dodge Macknight

Dodge Macknight (1860-1950) was regarded by many of his contemporaries as America’s first modernist. His connection to Sandwich starts with John H. Foster (1853 – 1935). In Sandwich: A Cape Cod Town, historian Russell Lovell writes about Foster: “Born in … Continue reading

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History of the Boardwalk

by Don Bayley The Sandwich Boardwalk (sometimes called the “Plank Walk”) is about 1350 feet in length and crosses Mill Creek and the marsh, leading to the Town Beach on Cape Cod Bay. Originally constructed in 1875 by Gustavus Howland … Continue reading

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The Boyden Block

A Bit About W. E. Boyden William Ellis Boyden was born in 1807. He ran the Plymouth/Sandwich Stage coach operation starting in 1822. After the Cape Cod Branch Railroad came to town in 1848, he formed the Cape Cod Express … Continue reading

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Researching Your House History

There are hundreds of historic houses in Sandwich. The Historical Commission is currently working on updating histories of these homes for the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS). Many of these histories haven’t been updated since the 1970s. If you’d … Continue reading

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Cedarville

The Only Way to Get to to Barnstable Today’s Old County Road in East Sandwich follows the original route of the Old King’s Highway which followed native American trails meandering along the southern edge of Scorton Marsh. Until about 1847, … Continue reading

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Bird’s Eye View – The 1884 Poole Map

4 – Sandwich Card & Tag Co. 5 – G. Howland’s Lumber Yard 6 – Town Hall 7 – Sandwich Casino 8 – High School 10 – Sandwich Academy 14 – Novelty Block 15 – Central House 16 – Post … Continue reading

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Town Hall Through the Years

(Compiled by Don Bayley) In this John Warner Barber drawing from 1839, Town Hall, built in 1834, is prominently displayed. From Sandwich historian Russell Lovell: “This is the only view found showing the early Calvinistic chapel on the site of … Continue reading

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Aunt Sally and the Locust Grove Asylum

Skunks and racoons on the kitchen table? The house at 238 Route 6A, The Old King’s Highway, is falling down. It’s open to the weather and the rain just pours in. In a year or so, it may be gone. … Continue reading

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The Sand Hill School

The area around the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in Sandwich became known as Jarvesville, named after the factory’s founder, Deming Jarves. As the number of glass factory workers grew, the company built housing for them as well as a … Continue reading

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A Brickyard at Town Neck

In the area known as Town Neck, along the shore of Cape Cod Bay, a lens of fine clay suitable for brick-making was discovered, perhaps as early as 1790 when construction of houses and mills picked up in earnest. Russell … Continue reading

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