“The house was built in the mid-1800s for a Sandwich glass blower—Samuel Fessenden—who worked for the Boston and Sandwich Glass Works—now Pairpoint Glass,” says Beth. The Fessenden family settled in Sandwich in the 1600s and came to own several houses and tracks of land in town at one time. Many family members worked at the glass works, which is America’s oldest in operation, dating back to 1825. To honor the house’s heritage, Beth displays colorful blown and pressed glass items in her front window—some from the original glassworks, others from her travels throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic states. Cranberry and red glass pitchers, bottles, and figurines catch the winter solstice sun, creating a warm red glow in the room.
Beth’s collections cover almost every inch of the home. In the dining room, she neatly stacks antique quilts in an old pie safe. A china cupboard displays rows of yellowware bowls dating from 1840 to 1940, utilitarian pieces that were used for food preparation rather than decoration. Reproduction portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Pearce by renowned 19th-century folk artist Erastus Salisbury Field hang above the home’s original beehive fireplace.