Category Archives: History

What A Year It Was!

A recap of the Sandwich 375th Anniversary Celebration –by Don Bayley   Teams with themes such as the Dewey Decimators, Downton Abbey and Sweet Tarts started it off with a bang.  It was the Spring of 2013 and “Team Trivia Night” was one of several successful “FUNdraisers” in which the Sandwich community got together to […]

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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 the ‘Skiff House’ in Spring Hill, this adventurer went to Amsterdam with a diamond buyer, […]

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Dean’s Dream: Rebuilding the Boardwalk in 1991

  Click to watch “Dean’s Dream,” a video on The Rebuilding of the Boardwalk in 1991 (Courtesy Sandwich Community Television, Produced by Dean Coe)

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History in Brief

A Brief History of Sandwich By Jonathan A. Shaw Sandwich Historical Commission Sandwich, the first town to be established on Cape Cod, was founded in 1637 by the persuasive and energetic Edmund Freeman. The location was appealing for the broad marshes bordering the sea resembled those of Sandwich, England, and were immensely valuable. With little […]

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The 250th

Town Hall all decked out for the “Quarter MilleNnial Celebration,” September 3, 1889. 1889: The two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of what is termed the incorporation of the towns of Sandwich and Yarmouth was fitly commemorated. September 3, 1639, being the date when those two towns were recognized as such, by being represented in the […]

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Then & Now

Main Street Photo taken circa 1880 From left to right: Unitarian church, Boyden Block and Central House (now gone), Nancy Fessenden House, Apothecary Shop, Thayer House Photo taken April, 2012 From left to right: Unitarian Church (now private residence), Town Hall Annex (hidden by trees, formerly Coop Bank, on site of Boyden Block), Dan’l. Webster Inn […]

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