While the rest of the world may know Sandwich, Massachusetts for its distinctive glassware that was produced in the 1800s, its most enduring legacy is as the oldest town on Cape Cod. Founded in 1637 and recognized as a town in 1639, the location was appealing for its broad marshes bordering the sea and its resemblance to its namesake - Sandwich, England.
History abounds in Sandwich, from Town Hall Square with its National Historic designation encompassing over 200 buildings (including the restored Town Hall) to the soaring steeple (attributed to Christopher Wren) of the nationally famous 1847 First Church. The town's rich heritage can also be seen in the 17th century Hoxie House, the 1654 mill that still grinds corn at the edge of tranquil Shawme Pond, and attractions like the Sandwich Glass Museum, which celebrates the vital role the town played in American glass production.
Sandwich today comprises 42 square miles and the villages of Sandwich, East Sandwich, South Sandwich, Scorton Neck, Wakeby and Forestdale. Contemporary Sandwich is punctuated by rows of prim weathered clapboard homes, Greek Revival houses and a town common encircled by ancient shade trees. Sandwich Boardwalk crosses scenic marshlands to lead to Town Neck Beach, and beachgoers will enjoy the dune-laced shoreline along Cape Cod Bay. Historic 6A winds its way through Sandwich, featuring great stores, restaurants, antique shops and galleries along its way.
Find more information on Sandwich through the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce.
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