Historic Cape Cod, Historic Sites, Classic Inns

There are many interesting things to do and see on your visit to Cape Cod, world class beaches, upscale shopping, Antiquing, staying in Classic Inns and much more.  One of our favorite things to do is visit some of the many Historic sites on the Cape.  There are many to see in each of the towns along Route 6A, go to each town’s historic society to get the complete list.  Here are a few we recommend you see:

Hoxie House

Hoxie House: Located in Sandwich, this saltbox design house was built in the 1600s.  It was a private home until the late 1950s when it was purchased by the Sandwich historic society and restored to historical accuracy.  The tour explains interesting historical information about furniture, tools and other necessities of daily life in the 1600s.  There’s an explanations of how some commonly used sayings were originated.  So you will learn how “Tie the Knot” was started.

The Old Jail (Old Gaol)

The Old Jail: Go East on Route 6A to the Village of Barnstable and see the oldest wooden jail in the United States.  Built in circa 1690-1700 by the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colony Courts. It has been moved several times and was used as a jail until 1820.  It now is located next to the Coastguard museum and is open for tours.  It’s also haunted and part of the Ghost Tour.

Stony Brook Grist Mill

Stony Brook Grist Mill: East again on Rout 6A takes us to Brewster, the site of the Stony Brook Grist Mill.  This was once one of the most active manufacturing communities in New England, cranking out cloth, boots and ironwork for over 100 years, starting with the American Revolution.  After decades of producing overall and later, ice cream the factory was bought by the town and fitted as acorn mill, with period millstones.  Volunteers now demonstrate and urge visitors to get in on the action.  A bag of cornmeal cost $2.00.

Enjoy your visit to Historic Cape Cod.  Stay at one of the Classic Inns and your innkeeper can direct you to these and many more history sites.

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