Good Things in LIFE: Exceptional Quality, Professionally Installed

Cape Cod Life  /  July 2023 /

Writer: Leslie Hatton

HAMCO Flagpoles has been the Cape & Islands premier flagpole dealer and installer for almost 50 years. Larry Hamilton retired to Chatham and instead of settling in and enjoying his newfound free time, he began to notice how many flagpoles around town were in need of painting and restoration, and a new business venture was born. Hamilton realized fiberglass poles would be the best material for durability and longevity and over the years, he planted thousands of new flagpoles around town. Hamilton, affectionately known as Ham, worked tirelessly and kept meticulous hand-written records, detailing the date of installation, size and any specifications until his eventual (second) retirement. The business is now in the capable hands of Cape Cod natives Andrew and Megan Nugnes, and HAMCO Flagpoles and Flags is thriving and grown beyond what Hamilton could have ever anticipated.  Both former teachers, the couple fully realize the legacy of the company and importance of their work. A member of NIFDA (National Independent Flag Dealers Association), they have signed an oath to represent only dealers, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and supporters of American-made flags; and further to that, they primarily deal only with New England-based companies. “The gold ball finials that sit at the top of the pole are from Connecticut, the line is made in Rhode Island and the fiberglass poles are handcrafted in New Hampshire.” states Megan Nugnes proudly. The flags they sell are by Annin Flagmakers, the oldest and largest flag manufacturer in the United States, whose flag, incidentally, is the one which flies on the moon.  When they purchased the business in 2020 (not from Hamilton directly, but from his successor) they took over the truck, some equipment and the phone number. That first year they were planning to install maybe 70 poles—instead, they planted 250, and the…

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Leslie Hatton

Leslie (Horne) Hatton enthusiastically joined Cape Cod Life in October of 2022. Educated in Mashpee and Falmouth, she graduated from Assumption College and received her Master of Education degree from Lesley College. A former teacher, she has taught middle school, preschool and most recently, fifth grade. She and her husband Tom have three children: Aidan, Colin, and Erin. Their newest family member is Millie, an outgoing, outrageously happy chocolate lab. She loves to talk about all of them so better not ask. One neat tidbit about Leslie is that she is the author of the locally best-selling children’s book Cape Cod ABCs, with over 10K books sold on Cape Cod, the Islands and across Massachusetts. Happiest in the summer with a little sun on her face, she loves being with friends and her family, laughing, drinking and eating all over beautiful Cape Cod.