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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Visit Living History in Sandwich Village

Sandwich Village is brimming with history. The house that is now our bed and breakfast, built in 1750, is now 264 years old. It is a little younger than the Town, but has stood watch over much of the history we have celebrated during this 375 Anniversary year.

Sandwich is the oldest town on Cape Cod and we tell our guest that it took the Pilgrims, who settled Plymouth in 1620, only 19 years to travel the 20 or so miles between the two towns. I know tourist crossing the Sagamore Bridge on a Friday night in the summer complain about how slow it can be on Route 3, but it is obviously much faster than the 1630’s modes of transportation. 

Put and Peggy Brodsky

Sandwich proudly wears its history. A stroll around the Village gives a flowing documentation of the history of the growth of the town over the centuries. Our house and many of our neighbors have a white oval Historical Marker created by the Sandwich Historical Commission. The Marker identifies the original owner or builder of the house and the year built. All historic homes in Sandwich Village were invited to participate in the Marker program and most have. In our case, the Marker shows  Jonathon Bassett as the builder and original owner, and  the year 1750. Put and Peggy Brodsky are shown in this photo holding our historic marker. Peggy is the daughter of Robert and Margaret Morse who were the second family to own 118 Tupper Road which they purchased in 1929. We have been blessed to have them as quests at our inn many times. They have been the source of much of the historic information we have about the house.

A short walk up Grove Street, you will find the Sturgis House 1639, the oldest house still standing. Our other immediate neighbors include John Pope 1699 and the Newcome Tavern 1703. A keen eye will note common family names of the builders/owners, including many markers around town bearing the names of different members of the Bassett and Pope Families.

Our Inn was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places by the US Department of the Interior in 1975, as were the historic houses and buildings around the original center of the village at the bottom of Shawme Pond. This area was defined as the Town Hall Historic District.

White oval historic marker for Town Hall Square

Recently, other subsections of Sandwich have gained similar recognition of their historical significance and have also been defined as separate historic districts. The new Jarvesville Historic District is a mainly residents built for workers at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Factory between 1825 and 1860 when Sandwich was considered the center of pressed glass production. Also, the new Spring Hill Historic District down Route 6A is a rural and residential area reflecting the area's long farming history and includes the Wing Fort House, one of the oldest wood frame houses in North America and the site of the first Quaker meeting in the New World. It is also notable for its cranberry bogs, some of which have been actively cultivated since the 19th century. New signs around town designate the boundaries of these contiguous designated national historic districts.  


Come stay with us and we’ll share with you all the wonderful history of Sandwich.  Even if you missed the celebrate of the first 375 years of this great history, Sandwich will be showing off its historic past for many years to come. We are looking forward to the celebration of the next milestone, the big 4-0-0.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cape Cod Coffee Time at Our Inn

Every year we look for new ways to improve the experience for guest at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast. This year our guests have been raving about the new coffee we serve from the Cape Cod Coffee Roasters in Mashpee, MA.

We discovered this great coffee last year before we went south for the winter. A guest graciously invited us to the grand opening of his restaurant, the Blue Plate Special in Barnstable. At the opening, Molly MacGregor, the owner of the Roasters, was doing a coffee tasting. We had the chance to try a variety of her coffees, but just a small sample of the 40+ coffee bean choices from 12+ countries that are available from them. 
brown coffee beans, blue can with lighhouse, orange can with lighthouse
Photo by Elyssa Cohen

When we returned from Florida, Molly brought us samples of a wonderful blend of Central and South American coffees to share with our guest. They loved it, and now daily we serve the fresh brewed Sunrise Blend and the decaffeinated Sunset Blend.

The key to the success of the coffee is its freshness. Every Monday, Molly calls for my order and the beans are then blended, roasted, ground, and packaged for delivery on Tuesday. It can’t get much fresher than that. In the past we bought roasted beans and ground them our selves, but there was no way of telling how old the beans were, how long ago they were roasted, or how long they had been on the shelf. The freshness makes all the difference in the world. 

Cape Cod Coffee Roasters is a great story beyond the quality of the coffee. It was started in 1970 by Demos Young, whose family had been in the coffee roasting business on the north shore of Massachusetts since 1914. In 1987, he built the first coffee roasting facility on Cape Cod. The state-of the-art roasting facility is located at 348 Main Street just cross the town line in Mashpee. Some of our guests have stopped by there on their travels around the Cape to purchase coffee to take home with them.

They offer tours of the Roastery year-round every Thursday at 11:00 AM and in the summer also on Tuesday at 11:00 AM., another fun thing to do on a rainy day. 

Another nice thing about buying coffee for our inn from Cape Cod Coffee Roasters is that we are supporting another local business. At our Inn, we like to buy local to obtain the freshest and highest quality products available. Come and stay with us at our Sandwich Inn and try the coffee with free refills all day long.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fresh Produce at Sandwich's Crow Farm

 Nestled in the natural beauty of Scenic Route 6A is Crow Farm. The forty-acre farm is locally owned and is currently operated by three generations of Crowell's. Since 1916, the farm has been growing and selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, bedding plants, hanging baskets, and herbs. Also available are local honey, jams and jellies, pies and fruit breads.
farm stand in spring with hanging floral baskets and farm in the background
It is such a treat to be able to purchase herbs for my garden in the early spring and seasonal fresh veggies as they are harvested throughout the growing season to use in our breakfast recipes. Their beautiful cucumbers are one of my favorite things, and I am really happy when I catch the freshly harvested strawberries and lettuce in the spring and early summer. And, their bunches of fresh basil are divinely fragrant.

To see the variety of vegetables being grown and to learn what is being harvested at different times, you can check the harvest calendar on their website. The also have a page with wonderful recipes using their harvest.
yellow squach, red strawberries, green cucumbers and basil, pink roses
My recent purchase from Crow Farm

Crow Farm is one of the only farms on Cape Cod to grow their own apples, peaches, and sweet corn and provide them for sale to local visitors. They grow thirteen varieties of apples and Crow Farm Corn is a local favorite.

The farm stand is open from May until just before Christmas. In the early winter months, after all the beautiful summer and fall produce is done, beautiful Christmas wreathes and trees are available for the holidays. Pies, breads, local honey, and jams and jellies are also available and make wonderful gifts for the holidays and for holiday celebrations.

This small farm may have had humble beginnings, but today it is a thriving and vital part of  historic Sandwich Village. For residents, visiting the farm stand at Crow Farm is one of the great pleasures of living in small town America.