With permission from the Plymouth Colony, 60 families from Saugus settled in Sandwich. The area was ideal due to its marshes, which provided an abundance of salt hay for livestock. In the 19th century the town became known for its glassmaking production. By the end of the 1840s, the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company was one of the largest glass factories in the country. Today, the Sandwich Glass Museum, which is operated by the town historical society, tells this rich story.
History is important when considering Sandwich. Many historic homes dot the landscape and are tucked behind trees or located off less traveled roads. There’s a lot of charm to be discovered in this Upper Cape town. In the center, Shawme Duck Pond is idyllic as it’s typically filled with waterfowl and surrounded by historic homes as well as a working grist mill. Off of 6A, Titcomb’s Bookstore, has been family owned and operated since 1969. The three-story retail space has a wide selection ranging from bestsellers to rare books. At Twin Acres Ice Cream Shoppe you can order homemade ice cream and enjoy it under a few old-growth shade trees.
Sandwich is not a top tourist destination compared to other Cape towns, which means its local attractions are often less crowded and easier to take advantage of even during the summer months. Heritage Museum and Gardens is not too far from the town center and throughout the season as flowers bloom, different festivities and events take place. Even in the winter, everything is wrapped in lights in the most magical way during Gardens Aglow. Of course, this coastal town is also home to the spectacular Town Neck Beach, where beachgoers can walk across the town boardwalk.
Sandwich Boardwalk is the pathway to Town Neck Beach, and it passes over marshes and Mill Creek. After Hurricane Bob hit in 1991, the boardwalk was rebuilt with funds from town residents and businesses. Those who donated had the opportunity to engrave their names into the planks and many are still there today.
DESTINATION SANDWICH » AT A GLANCE
DESTINATION SANDWICH » SHOP LOCAL
Points of Interest
Dexter Grist Mill
Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Sandwich Town Boardwalk
Shawme-Crowell State Forest
Town Neck Beach
Wing Fort House
EXPLORE SANDWICH » OUTDOORS
Game Farm Property / Scorton Creek: Route 6A, East Sandwich
Murkwood Conservation Area: 459R Rte 6a, East Sandwich
Talbots point: 99 Talbots Point Rd, East Sandwich
Ryder Conservation Land at Wakeby Pond: South Sandwich Rd, Sandwich
Cape Cod Canal
Town Neck Beach: off Town Neck Road and Boardwalk Road ($ — No lifeguard)
Sandy Neck Beach: off Rte. 6A on the Barnstable/Sandwich town line ($ — Lifeguard)
East Sandwich Beach: North Shore Blvd. (Private / Town Resident select location)
First Beach: 93 Town Neck Rd ($ — No lifeguard)
Snake Pond Beach: Route 130 to Snake Pond Road (Residents only for 2021 season)
Wakeby Lake/Ryder Conservation: Cotuit Road to South Sandwich Road (Residents only for 2021 season)
Peters Pond Property/Oakcrest Cove: 34 Quaker Meetinghouse Road (Residents only for 2021 season)