History Series - Part II
|Old Quaker Meeting House|
|Old Town Cemetery|
The house that is now our Cape Cod B&B at 118 Tupper Road (then Franklin Street) was built in 1750. Our Inn and 53 other near by properties, including all those mentioned above, is still standing today and is part of the Town Hall Historical District. This district is part of the National Register, which is a “federal listing of historic properties that are worthy of preservation because of their significance in American history, culture, archeology or architecture.” We are pleased that our house stands in this robust company.
Early records indicated that a structure of some sort stood on our property as early as 1748. The Sandwich Historical Commission believes that Jonathan Bassett built an original “saltbox” house in about 1750. Jonathan Bassett is believed to be a descendant of William Bassett, Jr., one of the 1637 Sandwich founding settlers. The Bassett’s only daughter, Deliverance, married Elisha Hall (1747-1808) in 1768. Other records suggest that a Hall relative built the first house. All records agree that a member of the Hall family has lived in the house since the 1700's.
|Newcomb Tavern c. 1693|
Although I have no information about the political leanings of Elisha Hall, I like to believe he was among the Patriots. During the period leading up to the Revolutionary War, Sandwich firmly supported the Patriot cause, and in 1773 at Town Meeting passed its “seven resolutions,” which clearly put it in opposition to the King. Elisha Hall may well have attended meetings at the Fressenden Tavern, which was known as the gathering spot for the Patriots. I hope he avoided the crowds at the Newcomb Tavern, his neighbor on Grove Street, which was frequented by the “Loyalist” who supported the King.
We’re not sure where the Halls stood, but they were present during the Revolutionary War and prospered afterward. Come and celebrate the 260th anniversary of the house the Hall’s built and stay at our Sandwich Inn. Please see our Specials and Holiday Packages on our website.
Charlie Preus, Assistant Innkeeper and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts