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Hydrangea Festival Historic Walking Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens in Sandwich

July 10, 2024
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    • Dates: July 10, 2024
    • Location: 130 Main Street, Sandwich
    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Sandwich Arts Alliance  Hydrangea Festival Historic Walking Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens including the oldest home on Cape Cod and the famous gristmill in Sandwich Village.

    Wednesday, July 10, 10 am - 4 pm
    Tickets, $30/pp available online or at SAA, 130 Main Street, Sandwich

    Join us on a fascinating walking tour of showpiece historic houses and buildings, each with a beautiful view. Start your tour by picking up your map at the Sandwich Arts Alliance at the 1834 Old Town Hall. While there, view the restored ballroom. Begin at your own pace into the yards of the featured homes where you will be greeted by costumed docents. 

    Stroll around the ancient miller’s house that was sold by John Dexter in 1699 to Seth Pope, Esq. for his son. Although the miller’s house is listed as 1699, it was extant when Pope bought it, so it is far older.
    Bendora, a gorgeous and fanciful Carpenter’s Gothic Victorian “Painted Lady” with beautiful gardens, was built by Ben Bartley upon his 1888 marriage to Dora Newcomb.  
    The impressive 1850 Victorian mansion built by Edward Swann is reached through beach stone arches up a slight hill to a porte-cochere where guests alighted from carriages.  Anyone who has walked past the John Jarves house knows it is surrounded by extensive plantings secreted by a hedge. You will finally get to satisfy your curiosity. If you wonder what it’s like to live directly on Shawme Pond, a 1972 house is charmingly sited with views of swans and geese. The owner illustrated the cover of Fur, Feathers, Scales, and Tails, a pet book published by SAA.

    The birthplace of renowned children’s author Thorton Burgess -  
    Across from the Hoxie House is School Street, the location of the birthplace of Thornton W. Burgess. This year is the 150th Birthday Anniversary of Sandwich’s renowned 20th century naturalist and author of Old Mother West Wind and many other books. Come sit a moment on this inviting front porch and buy your inscribed copy of Burgess' biography, Nature’s Ambassador, and a new children’s book, The Last Heath Hen, both by author Christie Lowrance who lives in this charming 1835 home.
    Make a point to stop in at Dexter’s 1654 gristmill.  Tour the Hoxie House and gardens, built for Rev. John Smith in 1675. Tour the Sandwich Glass Museum. Visit artists painting on the green across from SAA. 

    Plan on a delightful day with family and friends that you will always remember.