Wing Fort House

Wing Fort House, East Sandwich: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Wing Fort House Reviews: 5/5

Wing Fort House
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shortbread1
Torrington, CT47 contributions
very interesting
Jul 2019 • Family
The docent Dave Wheelock was very interesting and knowledgeable about this house. He took you through the different eras of the house and the many changes it went through. He gave you insights of the house which made it more like you lived the times. He answered any question asked and was very patient. Loved the tour!.
Written July 17, 2019
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12thumper26
South Harwich, MA17 contributions
First Class venue
May 2018
If you are interested in photographic history, visit The Fort Wing House. I attended the premiere. Great display and a knowledgeable curator. You will not be disappointed.
Written August 7, 2018
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,381 contributions
New England's oldest home
Sep 2017
The Wing Fort House, which was built in 1641, is recognized as the oldest home in New England continuously owned by the same family. Stephen Wing either purchased the homestead from the town of Sandwich or the town granted him the property around the time of his first marriage in 1646. Wing's descendants continued to live in the house until 1942. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Tradition states that the home was at one time a fort to protect the earliest settlers from the Native Americans. The exterior of the "Old Fort" Room, the oldest part of the current structure, is composed of a double wall. Interestingly, since the Cape Cod Indians were found to be friendly, the town didn't need a fort for protection. Today, the Fort House is a museum. It is located at 69 Spring Hill Road, off of Route 6A, in East Sandwich, Massachusetts. Stephen Wing also was an active member of the Quakers and conducted the first "Friends' Meeting" at the adjacent Spring HIll Meeting House in 1658. In truth, the Wing Fort House has been altered so often over the years that little of the original structure remains. For example, the fort itself now constitutes the parlor of Wing's home, a room 15 feet by 12 feet in dimension. Old oaken rafters overhead indicate the size of the original building. A great fireplace occupies one end of the room, leading to an immense chimney. A narrow stairway leads to the second floor. The house is nestled at the foot of a hill across the old road leading to the Spring Hill Meeting House, a half-mile away. At the rear of the house are salt marshes stretching to the waters of Cape Cod Bay. The beach is only a five-minute walk away.
Written September 19, 2017
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Sounds like you had a really thorough tour, Taylor! Thanks for taking the time to share what you learned.
Written September 21, 2017
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cochonlegrand
Delmar, NY23 contributions
Is this house Haunted?
Sep 2016 • Couples
The docent gave me a very thorough one on one tour. While he didn't swear that there is or are spirit(s) there, we had an interesting discussion of the possibility that there is one lurking about. Second only to the nearby Hoxie house, as far as I can tell.
Written August 13, 2017
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I see you got the "up close and personal" tour, cocholegrand. Thank you for letting us know how your visit was!
Written August 15, 2017
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Anna M
3 contributions
Terrific insight to early American life on the cape
Aug 2017 • Solo
A special treat to have a tour guide that is not only an archeologist, but also a history buff. Allow enough time to not only to enjoy the tour of the house , but also to allow time to learn about the family and life on the cape
Written August 5, 2017
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Thanks, Anna, for letting us know you enjoyed the Wing Fort House tour with David. He is definitely one of the best in the biz!
Written August 12, 2017
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Maui2014NMR
Colorado2,741 contributions
Unfortunately, the house was closed when we stopped by.
May 2017 • Couples
As seems the case with many of Cape Cod's attractions, the Wing Fort House was not open when we visited just a few days prior to Memorial Day weekend. We would have enjoyed seeing the inside but all we could do was to look into the windows.
Written June 5, 2017
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Dear Maui2014NMR, I'm so sorry we missed your early spring visit to the Wing Ft House. A couple tips for your next visit: The House is open to the public 10-4 Tuesday through Saturday, mid-June thru mid-Sept. You'll find our hours posted on the website (wingfamily.org). Also, one of the benefits for registered Members of the Wing Family of America Inc. is to be able to reserve off-season tours as long as the Caretaker/Guide is available and has sufficient advance notice! Thank you for taking the time to contact us, and do come again.
Written June 7, 2017
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MERoots
Annandale, VA116 contributions
Layers of history
Aug 2016 • Couples
I am a Wing descendant, thus thrilled to finally get inside this interesting historic home of my earliest Wing ancestor in New England. Even though the earliest habitation here dated from 1641 and was basically earthworks, a small house was erected, then redesigned and actually built around, so as not to weaken the structure. This was done several times to achieve the large house which now stands, from the mid-1700's. The floor plan is unusual as a result, and one feels a hint of the farm atmosphere of the time, since the house was never wired or fitted with indoor plumbing. The resident guide/archaeologist is knowledgable and also knows the Wing Family history if asked. Warning: on a hot day, go in the morning, as the guide often closes the doors at noon due to heat and lack of ventilation. And don't come after 3:30 - even though the hours supposedly extend to 4 p.m. He will not begin a new tour that late. For an authentic glimpse of early America, Indian wars and all, come at least an hour before closing.
Written August 10, 2016
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Heidemarie W
7 contributions
Well worth seeing this historic home!
Jun 2016 • Family
It was fascinating to see our ancestors' home. We appreciated David, caretaker and archaeologist, and his knowledge as tour guide. He said it was estimated with 12 generations of Wing's that we number over 60,000 of us now! Though I married into the family, my children and grandchildren have this wonderful legacy. I especially loved the cross-stitch of nine-year-old Grace Wing (same age as my grandson, Greyson) and her sweet poetry. We also saw a photo on the wall that looked amazingly like Greyson's grandfather. I encourage everyone to take an hour or two to visit this wonderful historic home.
Written August 5, 2016
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deborahw20152015
Fort Myers, Florida21 contributions
Very Interesting Wing Fort House
Jun 2016 • Couples
One word - Incredible. This home has been owned by the same family for over 300 years. It's amazing that a house like this still exists. Loved the tour and the stories.
Written July 6, 2016
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DragonflyMaiden
Cincinnati, OH1 contribution
Great Colonial History!
Aug 2015 • Friends
I enjoy visiting this house on my trips to Cape Cod. The caretaker is excellent. His knowledge of the property and colonial history/beliefs really brings it to life. Lots of interesting things to see in the house. Worth a visit!
Written July 4, 2016
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