By November of 1750, Jonathon Bassett and his family would have been settling into their new house in the bustling Sandwich Village. The new family house was located across from the Mill River, on Franklin Street (now Tupper Road), just a short distance down stream from the Grist Mill. The Grist Mill was the center of industry then and now, fully restored, is again grinding corn daily during the summer season. On that Thanksgiving Day, the Mill would have been closed and since the future Town Hall (1834) was not built yet, the entire square would have been very quiet.
The Bassetts may have served corn bread made from meal from the Grist Mill, just as Jan makes muffins from the meal for our guest. Mr. Bassett may have secured his wild turkey main course from the vast open forests surrounding the Village. Today, some of that sense of the wild and a potential source of turkeys remain just up the road in the Shawme Crowell Forest. A few weeks ago at breakfast, my American and British guest raced for their cameras as a flock of 30 plus wild turkeys pecked their way across our front lawn. A flock of turkeys may be a rare sight for most, but here in Sandwich we are accustomed to seeing the turkeys wonder down main street (Route 130) from the Forest, through the Village to the Marsh, and back.
Charlie Preus, Assistant Innkeeper and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts