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Monday, September 27, 2010

Sandwich, MA Town Hall Rennovation

The race is on to complete the renovations of the Sandwich Town Hall, across the street from our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, for next Saturday’s re-dedication ceremony. The date and time for the ceremony is set for high noon on October 2, 2010,just five days from now. I walk by ever day to see the progress. Early last week, the project manager assured me they were on schedule and I could get a picture of them resetting the two massive columns that will dominate the front on Monday, today. On Friday the project manager updated his suggested time line and said the columns will be up a little later than planned. 

The painters were madly scrapping and painting the front of the building all day Saturday and Sunday. My guest remarked about the flurry of weekend activity and the level of dedication represented by how late into each evening the crew worked. Nothing like a grand reopening deadline to light a fire under a contractor.


Today it was misting and raining on and off all day. After serving our guest breakfast, I did my progress check on the work at Town Hall. The picture captures the paving crew applying the new black top to the reconfigured corner of Main street and Grove street. This piece of the intersection has been closed for almost the full 18 months since the restoration began. Just two weeks ago it was blocked by work trailers and ugly chain link fence, so it is great progress to see the new granite curbs and fresh sod on the parkway. I assume it will be open to traffic even before Saturday.

At this pace, and if the weather cooperates, I am sure the Town Hall will be ready for the Saturday ceremony. I am excited to see the completed project and see this beautiful building restored to its original splendor. I may be viewing it in much the same condition as previous owners of our historic Inn did. In 1834, our property was the private residence of Jonathan B. Hall, who had just completed some major construction work of his own. About that time, he remodel the original 1750 salt box house into the Federal style home that serves our guest today. 

We at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center are also kicking off our 260th Anniversary celebration. Please join us this Saturday or follow us on our blog. We have some special packages and events planned over the next three months to highlight the history of the historic home that is our Inn. 


Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper's Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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