CapeLinks Cape Cod: Sandwich

History: Named after Sandwich, Kent, England. Settled 1637. Incorporated (Shawme) March 6, 1638, old style. Common land called "Sanditch." March 2, 1652, Sandwich-Barnstable line established and re-established up to October 29, 1672. Then occurred a long list of boundary establishments between Sandwich with Suckanesset (Falmouth), Barnstable and Mashpee. Final bounds established and recorded between Sandwich and Mashpee April 20, 1905, and part of Sandwich annexed to Mashpee. On April 24, 1916, part of Sandwich was annexed to Barnstable. Falmouth bounds established March 19, 1880. Bourne bounds fixed April 2, 1884.

Villages or Sections:
Camp Burgess, Sandwich, East Sandwich, Farmersville, Forestdale, Greenville, Plowed Neck, Pondsville, Sand Hill, Sagamore, Sagamore Beach, Sagamore Highlands, Scorton, South Sandwich, Spring Hill, Spectacle Pond.

Points of Interest:
Burial Place of Joseph Jefferson at Bay View Cemetery.
Sandwich Historical Society Museum.
Sandwich Glass Museum.
The Hoxie House, Salt Box Type, over 350 Years Old.
Congregational Church built in 1848 with Christopher Wren Spire.
Sandwich Fish Hatchery.
East Sandwich Game Farm.
Sandwich Coast Guard Station.
East entrance to the Cape Cod Canal.
Sandwich Boat Basin harbor
Thornton W. Burgess Museum on the shores of Shawme Pond on Water Street.

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    In a small quiet Sagamore cemetery dwells an unknown force also known as ghosts. It has been rumored to be haunted for as long as anyone can remember. The strong scent of cigar smoke can be smelled…
  • Early Days of the Cape Cod Career Girl
    What was life like for a “female” worker in the glass factories of Sandwich following…
  • Glorification of Glass
    For three decades in the 19th century, Sandwich boasted of glassworks that were not only the largest in the country but were the source of such new and extraordinarily beautiful wares that they created…
  • Sandwich and the Past
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    There are a number of popular misconceptions about Sandwich glass. Sandwich glass was not, as some imagine, a rare or expensive product. On the contrary, it was mostly cheap, pressed glass, manufactured…
  • That Fabulous Sandwich Glass
    Unbelievably beautiful were the creations which the Boston and Sandwich Glass Factory turned out in the nineteenth century. The opulence of the period was reflected in the intricate, shining shapes…
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    The radar, developed by Raytheon, is used primarily to detect and track sea-launched (SLBM) and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). PAVE PAWS radars are located at Cape Cod Air Force Station,…
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