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Hoxie House

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Address: Water Street, Sandwich, MA 02563
Phone Number: +1 508-888-1173
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Built in 1637, this is believed to be the oldest house on Cape Cod.

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Wonderful history

I enjoyed bringing my two French students to this wonderfully historic house! Learning about where phrases like " sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite" came from and what an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
Lydia A
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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed bringing my two French students to this wonderfully historic house! Learning about where phrases like " sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite" came from and what an original "toaster" was and how it worked! Very cool! Entertaining commentary and some hands on activities make this a must see in the village!

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Austin,tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

You can walk through and you'll see some neat stuff and be out of there in 10-15 minutes. OR, you can engage the docents and learn a lot about life in this 1600's home and the area. We chose the latter. We learned the history, where to get the best lobster roll, groceries, etc. We had a lot of fun.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting the oldest house on Cape Cod. It was a rainy dreary day, and the 2 women running the tour were so knowledgeable about the history of the area and the people. My husband and son and I left with a better understanding of what life was like in the 1600's for these strong and resilient people. Don't... More 

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Portage, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

After six years of trying to get into this place, because of the limited hours, I finally made it on a very rainy Sunday afternoon. The inside is beautifully restored and there were two docents who tag-teamed a guided tour. I have to say, maybe, take some of what they say with a grain of salt. The whole experience takes... More 

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Wrentham, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The Hoxie House is in beautiful condition. It has been restored and preserved in a wonderfully simple manner. Everything in the house including the floors is either original or period. They have done a great job with it. The two guides were excellent. Very personable and you can tell they enjoy sharing the memories this house has held since the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Two very knowledgeable guides offered a very interesting and comprehensive tour of this very important home. Don't let the impatient review from one person who seemed to think she knows it all dissuade you from taking this in. Worth the cost of admission and your time.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Very cool historical house, definitely worth the visit. They have a couple of very nice volunteers manning the house and more than willing to show you around and tell you about it. There are some very cool things, including a loom that was apparently rescued from a wood heap trash pile.

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Lund, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Fascinating visit into the physical and linguistic past. The two guides were extremely knowledgeable about the history of the house and the period (just years after the Pilgrims, or the 'Newcomers' as they called themselves arrived in 1620) but also could explain our linguistic development to modern American English by showing us objects: pop goes the weasel, dead as a... More 

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

A brief, narrated tour of the Hoxie House in Sandwich, Massachutsetts gives visitors a chance to experience the fun and hardships of life in the 17th century. The oldest house on Cape Cod dates back to circa 1640. The two ladies who conduct the tour are knowledgeable, interesting, and funny. Surprisingly, many present day sayings have their origins in 17th... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Given it's the oldest intact house on the Cape, its worth visiting. I visited it off hours and don't really think I needed to come back for the tour. The tour is longer and the pace for younger people is way to slow. I was in a time constraint and stayed for 45 minutes. I was told the tour runs... More 

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