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Hoxie House

Water Street, Sandwich, MA 02563
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Sandwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Built in 1637, this is believed to be the oldest house on Cape Cod.
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English first
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The two lady docents made this visit a great experience. They were particularly good at engaging the children. We learned the origin of many common sayings, such as "mind your P's and Q's" which made the history come alive. The house is small, sparsely furnished, but you'll get a good description of the uses of the artifacts and history of... More

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A beautiful restored 17th century saltbox which is the oldest house in Sandwich. The docents were entertaining and informative about life in this time period. The explanation of the origin of many present day sayings was amusing. A very enjoyable and personal experience.

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St. Stephen, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A great experience to visit this historic site. The tour guides are excellent; very informative and interesting. You leave with a greater appreciate of what life was like for the earlier settlers.

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Albany, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Hoxie House is the oldest home in Sandwich. The docents are very knowledgeable on the history of the area and are personally interested in this home. They bring history to life with their knowledge and enthusiasm.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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118 reviews 118 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It is a very small building by today's standards, but it is a portal to the past. We stopped there one rainy dark day and expected to spend 15 minutes there. But over an hour later we were starting to leave. The two caretakers/translators/guides were very good and knew more than the talk that they had learned. We had many... More

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Madrid, Spain
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

An excellent guided tour by two volunteers with a deep and enthusiastic knowledge of the building,. Highly recommended and excellent value at $4 per head. Don't miss it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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95 reviews 95 reviews
22 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This house is a must-see stop on the route 6A experience. The location couldn’t have been better, with the substantial yard around the house and the water body in the backdrop. A full tour of the place takes approximately 40 minutes. Unfortunately, we only reached it with 15 minutes left till closing time. But the two docents who manage the... More

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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Interesting and atmospheric house. Both guides were excellent volunteers. They were informative and fun in sharing the information about the house. Both obviously passionate about the history of the Hoxie House and Sandwich.

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Kansas City, MO
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I think they charged us four dollars each to tour the home and grounds. The guides were fantastic, very friendly and informative. One of the best historical sights during our tour of cape Cod.

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Nova Scotia
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10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We arrived after doing a bunch of other spots and so the staff here gave us a special tour as they really should have been closing. As I am a descendant of both the Smith's and the Hoxie's I really appreciated the effort. This is a well kept home and the staff knows their stuff. Great example of late 1600's... More

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