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Wing Fort House

69 Spring Hill Rd, Sandwich, MA 02563
508-833-1540
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Ranked #8 of 16 Attractions in Sandwich
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The Wing "Fort House" has the distinction of being the oldest known homestead in the U.S. continuously owned by the same family. Stephen Wing either... more »
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Freehold, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

"The oldest house in New England owned and occupied continuously by the same family for over three centuries. Built in 1641, this house was traditionally called the Fort House" The house now has many old items and a lot of history in one place.. I rated this excellent partly because it was and is owned by my family..... have a... More

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Nova Scotia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I am a descendant of John Wing and a Friend and as such this was like walking on hallowed ground. My 10x great grandfather's homestead area, the native encampment and the home itself all expertly explained by a professional archaeologist made this stop so worthwhile. The home dates to 1641 and contains family mementos from all kinds of eras from... More

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Monmouth, Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We are Stephen Wing descendants and went to the Wing Fort House for the first time last week. It was amazing to see this place which is so well preserved. The curator is very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I took about a million pics to create an album for the Wings who are getting together next weekend and... More

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Barrington, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Wow, I can't believe I am the 9th great granddaughter of Stephen Wing who owned the Wing Fort House back in the 1600s! I just had to go visit it and it was well worth it. The curator knew so much and was very helpful.

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Rutland, Vermont
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75 reviews 75 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

The tour guide at this attraction is so informative you want to stay all day. So interesting to see the daily lives of people in the 17th century. Many original artifacts.

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Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Right in my own backyard. It was fun imagining myself back in that era and having to live as they did. The historical part was enlightening. I can't believe how they slept on what they consider bedding. 'Sleepy's' where were you then?? It is so interesting, do visit.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

I've been to the Cape several times but being the only person in the family interested in this sort of thing, have been picky about what to tour. This place looked rather uninteresting but I thought I'd give it a shot since, after all, my mother-in-law lives a mile from it. It turns out that it was utterly fascinating! The... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2010

After a lifetime of hearing about the Wing Fort House from my father; my wife and I finally made the opportunity to see it. Expecting to spend roughly a half-hour breezing through it's relatively small structure, we were amazed to find that we spent more than two hours there, with the curator giving us an in-depth look at my family's... More

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pittsburgh
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

Visiting the Wing Fort House felt like an adventure into the past. The Historian/caretaker gave us a detailed tour of the property and information about the area in the 1600's. This stop was well worth the visit. We had a great stop in East Sandwich.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2004

The Wing Fort was well worth the visit! I toured six of seven rooms, each one offering up new and exciting insights into our collective past. Mixing New England and true Cape influences, this longstanding domicile was an unexpected delight on an otherwise tedious drive along the' cod. My companions had to coax me away from this refreshing spot and... More

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