201205may_010 float=left] The Snow family’s entrepreneurial roots reach deep into Cape Cod’s past, all the way to the Mayflower, when 16-year-old Constance Hopkins married Nicholas Snow and settled in Eastham in 1644 before putting down roots in the Orleans area. Ever since, the family has helped shape the future of Orleans.

Since the days when Aaron Snow and his wife, Mary Tutty Snow, built an elaborate French-style mansion on Town Cove, the Snows have worked as bankers, historians, developers, landlords, chamber of commerce directors—and fuel haulers, hardware suppliers, paint experts, interior decorating specialists, and online entrepreneurs.

201205may_011 In 2012, an interview at the Snow compound on Orleans Main Street includes several Snows descended from Aaron. In the conference room are Stan, his son James, and Sid and Susan Snow, children of Stan’s brother, Bill. Sid, 58, is the current president and CEO. James, 52, is a vice president and buyer and Susan, 55, is also a vice president and store manager. All are members of a family board of directors that oversee the company.

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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