Tide coming in at Sandwich Boardwalk in Sandwich. Maggie Kulbokas photo.
What you should Know
Sandwich (pop. 20,675, 2010 Census) is Cape Cod's oldest, and one of its most picturesque towns. Located on the Upper Cape, it is convenient to attractions on either side of the canal.
The charm of yesteryear has not left this historic village. Its town center boasts beautiful old homes, some of which have been converted to inns, B&Bs, shops and restaurants.
The villages of Sandwich are East Sandwich and Forestdale. A section of Joint Base Cape Cod is also in Sandwich.
Why You Should Go
As the Cape's oldest town, it is not surprising that Sandwich is bursting with historic sites and museums. The Thornton W. Burgess Society pays homage to Sandwich son, naturalist and author of Peter Rabbit, Thornton W. Burgess. The society also operates the Green Briar Nature Center, which offers a wide variety of festivals (herbs, cranberries, strawberries & blueberries), workshops, lectures, and classes for children, adults and families.
You can learn about maritime history and the history of the Cape Cod Canal at the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center at Sandwich Marina. Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers park rangers, the center features fascinating exhibits, films and hands-on exploration. They also offer an impressive schedule of walks, talks and children's programs during the summer.
Glassmaking was started in Sandwich by Deming Jarves in 1825 and today, glassblowers still create magnificent works in studios along Route 6A. Check out the Sandwich Glass Museum, where you can check out glassblowing demonstrations and its collection of over 6,000 pieces of glass produced between 1825 and 1888.
The Hoxie House (circa 1640) is open for tours mid-June to mid-October. Photo by Jane Booth.
Sandwich is a great place to visit if you love the outdoors. There are three public beaches; Town Neck Beach, Sandy Neck Beach, and the fresh water Wakeby Pond. The Sandwich Boardwalk is a favorite for visitors and residents alike. The Briar Patch at Green Briar Nature Center features beautiful walking paths and gardens. Shawme-Crowell State Forest, operated by the state, offers camping and extensive hiking. The Cape Cod Canal Bike Path is a wonderful stretch for biking, walking, jogging and rollerblading. Watch the boats big and small cruise through the canal.
If you love antiquing, you'll love Sandwich and its many quaint shops. Sandwich also has a thriving arts community and artists working in a variety of media sell their wares in shops, at shows and in studios throughout town.
Folks in Sandwich enjoy year-round activities including outdoor summer concerts at the Wing School, flea and farmers markets, but there are two highlights--the annual Holly Days holiday celebration and the SandwichFest in June featuring the (you guessed it) best sandwich in Sandwich.