Tradition with a Twist

Dan Cutrona

The Captain Ezra Nye house has been much more than a lovely home in its more than 180 years on Main Street in Sandwich. It has served as a dentist office, a boarding house, a law office, and a bed and breakfast over the years. Still, its essential inviting character has always endured. Last year, during the Sandwich Holly Days Home Tour, homeowners Ellen and George Park opened this historic home to let visitors experience that inviting character firsthand.

Six years ago, Ellen and George purchased the home. “My husband and I fell in love with Sandwich and the house, and we turned it back into a single-family home,” Ellen says. The prospect of meeting new people and swapping design ideas led the Parks to graciously open their 1829 Federal-style sea captain’s house on the Holly Days Home Tour. “It was our third time on the tour, and it was a ball,” says Ellen, who is a member of the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce. “We love sharing the house with tour-goers. It’s a great way for people to get inspiration when decorating their own home.”

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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