Fun facts about the town of Sandwich…

  • Sandwich is approximately 44 square miles, making it comparable in size to the Bronx, New York.
  • First settled in 1637, Sandwich was incorporated in 1639 and is the oldest town on Cape Cod.
  • Sandwich celebrates its 375th anniversary in 2014, with festivities planned throughout the year including parties, lectures, a ukulele concert at Town Hall (March 2), and Heritage Day(June 14).
  • Sandwich does not get its name from the popular bread-meatsbread lunch option, but rather, a seaport in Kent, England.
  • The town motto—Post tot Naufracia Portus—is Latin for “after so many shipwrecks, a haven.”
  • According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Sandwich is 20,675.
  • In 1810, the cost of stagecoach fare for a one-way trip from Boston to Sandwich was $3.63. Coaches would leave Boston three days a week at 5 a.m., stop
    for a meal in Scituate, and arrive on the Cape by nightfall.
  • When a British vessel demanded the town of Sandwich pay a ransom during the War of 1812 or risk the destruction of their saltworks and other properties, the town refused, as did Falmouth, Barnstable, and Orleans.
  • In 1825, entrepreneur Deming Jarves brought the industry of glassblowing to Sandwich. Jarves’ company, the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, made world famous plates, glasses, and dinnerware for more than 60 years before closing in 1888 following a workers’ strike. Today, the Sandwich Glass Museum on Main Street shares the story of the industry’s history in town.
  • Built in 1834, Sandwich Town Hall is one of the first town halls to be built in Massachusetts following an 1833 state vote that ratified the separation of church and state referendum, prohibiting the use of municipal buildings for religious purposes.
  • In 1848, the railroad arrived in Sandwich.
  • On April 11, 1878, the first telephone call on Cape Cod was made at Sandwich Town Hall.
  • Prior to April 2, 1884, Sandwich also consisted of the land we know today as Bourne. The town of Bourne was established that day, becoming the last town on the Cape to incorporate. The villages of Sandwich had spread out considerably by the late 1800s and plans were in the works at the time to divide the town further—by a canal.
  • In October of 1991, the Sandwich Boardwalk, which crossed scenic Mill Creek and featured planks engraved with special personal messages, was destroyed during Hurricane Bob. Following the storm, residents and business owners purchased $1,700 worth of planks to restore the popular attraction.
  • The Sandwich Boardwalk incurred more damage during Super Storm Nemo in February 2013.
  • The Dan’l Webster Inn, which has offered lodging for more than 300 years, was named after Daniel Webster, a successful lawyer and senator from Boston who often frequented the establishment from 1815 to 1851.
  • Joseph “Joe” Jefferson (1828-1905), a renowned actor in his day, is buried in Bay View Cemetery. Jefferson performed many roles in America, Australia, Tasmania, and London, England, and was a friend of President Grover Cleveland.
  • A Sandwich native and an 1891 graduate of Sandwich High, Thornton Burgess was a nature lover, and he wrote about the environment and animals in more than 170 children’s books including Jerry Muskrat Wins Respect, and Buster Bear Invites Old Mr. Toad to Dine.
  • The First Church of Christ in Sandwich was featured on the cover of Elvis Presley’s eighth studio album, How Great Thou Art, which featured the gospel hits, “In the Garden” and “Run On.”
  • Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Bruins #4, Bobby Orr, owns a summer home in Sandwich.
  • Television personalities Maury Povich and Connie Chung own a house in Sandwich.
  • Heritage Museums and Gardens on Grove Street celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2014. Permanent exhibits feature a display of classic American cars (including a 1913 Model T Ford), a functioning 1908 carousel, and a collection of American folk art.
  • From May 31 through October 26 (2014), the museum features a grandiose outdoor exhibit titled “Big Bugs”. Created by artist David Rogers, the sculptures include 25-foot ants, dragonflies with 17-foot wingspans, and a mysterious assassin bug.
  • The Hoxie House on Water Street is one of the oldest homes in the state; the structure was built in the mid-17th century, and owned by the Reverend John Smith in the late 1600s, whaling captain Abraham Hoxie in the 1800s, and since 1959, the town of Sandwich.
  • The Shawme-Crowell State Forest is a campground with more than 285 campsites—including yurts.
  • Sold to the state in 1912, the Sandwich Fish Hatchery is one of three hatcheries managed by Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. The facility raises brook, brown, and tiger trout, and visitors can see the different stages of fish development and feed them.
  • Visitors during the holiday season have the chance to see a beautiful display in the form of giant light sculptures lining Main Street and Route 6A. Since 1998, Michael Magyar of The Glass Studio on Cape Cod has annually made the giants—which include Old Man Winter, Cranberry Harvest Man, and Peter Rabbit—from steel rebar and lots of lights.
  • For the 2014-2015 school year, seventh and eighth graders in town will head to Sandwich High, which will also host Sandwich STEM (Science, Technology, English, and Math) Academy. The town’s three middle schools will enroll students, K-6. Sandwich High’s mascot is the Blue Knight; STEM Academy’s mascot will be The Squire.
  • On Thanksgiving Day in 2013, Sandwich High’s football teamwon the Friendship Bowl, defeating Mashpee, 41 – 6.
  • In 2012, the Sandwich High boys golf team captured the MIAA Division 2 state title, with a victory at Beverly Golf & Tennis Club. Following the season, The Boston Globe named Sandwich coach Brent Pearsall one of its three Coaches of the Year.
  • The Blueberry Bog in Sandwich is a ‘pick your own food’ farm; the bog is open in July and August during blueberry season.
  • Award-winners in the 2013 ‘Best Sandwich in Sandwich’ competition were Oscar’s Restaurant’s Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pilot House Restaurant’s Texas Smoked Suckling Pig with Plum Chutney, and The Dan’l Webster Inn’s Cape Cod Pilgrim.
  • Famous for its stuffed quahog, the Marshland Restaurant was featured on The Food Network in 2010 during an episode of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”
  • The Beehive Tavern sells freshly made “adult ice creams,” including Bailey’s Coffee, Grand Marnier Mango, Captain Morgan Maple, and more.
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