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Friday, October 1, 2010

Sandwich, MA Town Hall Gets Finishing Touches

Work across the street from our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast has been fast and furious all week. The Sandwich Town Hall re-dedication ceremony is Saturday, October 2nd. at 12:00 noon. On Monday I had my doubts about the work being completed, but all looks good to go now. The newly painted, large gold letters declaring SANDWICH TOWN HALL have been returned to their place over the main entrance and the flagpole on the very front roof peak is back and proudly flying a new American flag.

On Wednesday afternoon I watched as the crew gingerly re-installed the two large Greek revival style columns, which have been down for most of the 18-month restoration project. These two-store tall, hollow, hand-made wood columns have been stored on the ground next to the building. I am impressed by the engineering design and original craftsmanship that created these beautiful, structurally sound, and distinctive architectural features of our Town Hall Square neighbor.

As I watch the small construction crew with modern cranes and platform lifts re-install the columns, I wonder how different it was in 1834. Jonathan Hall, the home owner in 1834 of what is now our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast Inn, may have stood exactly where I stood and observed teams of horses and many more men setting these same faux columns the first time. By the ceremony tomorrow, I am sure they will look as good as they did 176 years ago.

We are inviting the guests at our Inn to join us at the ceremony on Saturday and take the tour of this great historic building. Saturday is also the kick off of the 260th Anniversary Celebration of our circa 1750 Inn. We have special packages and events planned that highlight the history of this lovely historic home.

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

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