Heritage Museum & Gardens

Heritage Museum & Gardens a Wonderful Daytrip

By Mary Moran | Photos by Pat O’Connell

Founded in 1969 by J.K. Lilly III, Heritage Museum and Gardens is a place of exploration and discovery for all ages. Located in the historic Cape Cod town of Sandwich, Heritage offers a vast array of American culture-based exhibits, gardens, interactive learning activities and adventure. All of the exhibits are presented with beauty and intrigue.

The museum is open daily from mid-April to mid-October, and on weekends for “Gardens Aglow“, their holiday festival of lights, from late-November to just before Christmas. The Museums and Gardens attract over 132,000 visitors annually. Variety and originality are what make Heritage Museums and Gardens such a popular destination for visitors from far and wide.

Museums
Heritage offers three unique museum gallery experiences to its visitors. The Automobile Gallery, is a permanent exhibit. It displays an unbelievable collection of 39 antique and classic cars that date from 1899 to 1962. In the “Collector’s Corner,” there are other special cars on display that are on loan from private collections, and are rotated yearly.

Heritage Museum & Gardens main building in Sandwich, MA, USA.
Heritage Museum & Gardens carousel building.
Heritage Museum and Gardens path
Garden Path

In the American Art and Carousel Gallery, you will find a hand-carved, working carousel created in 1908 by Charles Looff. One of the most popular pieces at
Heritage, the carousel attracts many, and unlimited rides are included with admission to the Museums. Also, in this gallery, you will find Heritage’s permanent collection of historically significant items in regards to American culture. Some of the over 12,000 items include New England folk art, scrimshaw, paintings, shop signs, and Nantucket baskets.

Heritage Museums Hidden Hollow
This is “Hidden Hollow” . It is a creative playground with activity stations.

Last but not least, there is the Special Exhibitions Gallery. This gallery hosts Heritage’s annually rotating exhibits. For 2018, the Special Exhibitions Gallery will house “Wendell Minor’s America,” which will examine and celebrate his 40 year career, 25 of which were illustrating children’s books. Original artwork and artifacts from prominent and famous works will be on display.

“Start your Engines: Cars and Stars of the Indy 500” will also reside in the special gallery in the upcoming year. Two Indy 500 race cars will be on display as well as other memorabilia from the start of the Indy 500 in 1911 until present day.

Gardens

The gardens of Heritage are situated on 100 acres of Sandwich land, over 65 of which are the Gardens. Thousands of species of plants can be found throughout the gardens, including world renowned collections
of rhododendrons, day lilies, hostas, and hydrangeas. In addition to native flowers and trees, Heritage has a rare collection of trees from all over the world, making a unique and magical landscape even more intriguing.

Heritage Museum & Gardens path in Sandwich, MA, USA.
Heritage Museum & Gardens path in Sandwich, MA, USA.

Also located in Heritage Gardens is the Old East Mill. Built in 1800 and originally located in Orleans. This beautiful, old windmill adds a touch of history to the ever changing gardens. Follow the many walking trails, take a stroll through the maze garden and hydrangea garden, or get lost in a
labyrinth created by Marty Cain. Options seem to be endless at Heritage.

 

Heritage Museum & Gardens Treehouse
Treehouse.

The newest addition to Heritage Museums and Gardens is the Adventure Park. The park consists of 4 acres of Aerial Forest Trails made from zip lines, ropes, and bridges. Every one of the five aerial trails offers a different level of difficulty making it a fun and exciting challenge for everyone participating, no matter your age or ability. Since its recent opening, the Adventure Park has been a huge hit. Aside from the Museums and Gardens, Heritage also has a wide variety of educational programs, lectures, and workshops available for both children and adults. The “Hundred Acre School”, a private STEM-based preschool, is also located on the Heritage grounds. From the museum galleries to the endless gardens and aerial adventure park, Heritage Museums and Gardens is a wonderful location for an outing and will surely not disappoint. The Museum is located about a 45 minute drive from the Palmer House Inn.

Hertiage Museum & Gardens entrance
Heritage Museum & Gardens entrance.

For information on hours and admission, and calendar of events, visit Heritage’s website

Heritage Museum & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guestrooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring Cape Cod’s Heritage Museum & Gardens, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.


Mary Moran is a Falmouth native and knowledgable about Cape Cod. In addition to writing for the Palmer House Inn, she’s also frequently at the inn and available  to answer quest’s questions. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time exploring Falmouth’s coastal waterways.

Provincetown Cape Cod

Provincetown, Cape Cod

Playing in P-town

By Mary Moran

Provincetown, Cape Cod
Provincetown, Cape Cod

Provincetown, located at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula, is a small town with a whole lot of character. Taking a day trip to Provincetown will certainly not disappoint, because there are many interesting options when it comes to activities, both during the day and evening. You may want to linger later because of the great nightlife that P-town  has to offer. This historic art and theater community is the ideal place for the whole family. In Provincetown center you will discover numerous art galleries, unique boutiques, great dining, and a diverse and lively night-time scene. The evenings offer choices such as dancing, shows, performances, and movies. Just outside of town is the beautiful National Seashore,  the legendary Race Point Beach, and whale watching cruises if exploring the ocean and soft sand is more of your idea for a wonderful Cape Cod day trip.

Provincetown, Cape Cod bench.
Provincetown bench.

If you are interested in the history of this beautiful Cape Cod town, take a walk through the Provincetown Museum. Located at the foot of the Pilgrim Monument, The Provincetown Museum lets you explore the history of this once thriving maritime and whaling community. You can also learn about the first landing of the Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s five week stay in Provincetown before they set off for their final destination in Plymouth. The Mayflower Compact was actually written during the Pilgrim’s stay in Provincetown! In addition to the maritime history, the museum also focuses on the early American Theater that led Provincetown to become a famous community for the theater and arts.

After learning about some of Provincetown’s rich history, if you are ambitious, climb the Pilgrim Monument and get a view of Cape Cod and the ocean that is truly specular. This 252 foot tall monument was built in 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower and the arrival of the Pilgrims. The monument is open to the public and totally worth the 116 step trek to the top.

Winter beach in Provincetown Cape Cod
Winter beach.

To see some of the town’s modern art, visit the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Established in 1914, this museum is the most visited art museum on Cape Cod. Here you will find a variety of modern art exhibits all created by local artists. The Art Association strives to continue an active and diverse art involvement in the community. The Association and Museum holds multiple workshops and events year-round so that everyone can become involved and inspired to create His /her own unique works of art.

Rusty fishing buoys
Rusty fishing buoys
Waiting for the Tide
Waiting for the Tide

The old saying says, “The best things come in small packages”, and Provincetown is no exception. This small beach community has so much to offer. Spending the day there is great for vacationers of any age and at any time of the year. it is true that the town is a little sleepier in the off season but there are still activities. The easy commute from Falmouth makes this day trip even sweeter. Provincetown is only a little over an hour’s drive from the Palmer House Inn and is a straight shot east on Route 6. Getting lost is practically impossible! In addition, when you are staying in our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Inn and want to do a little pre-trip planning, you can relax in the Inn’s living-room and take advantage of our Wifi to find a schedule of the exciting year-round events in Provincetown. You are bound to find something that catches your eye!

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Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.


Mary Moran is a Falmouth native and knowledgable about Cape Cod. In addition to writing for the Palmer House Inn, she’s also frequently at the inn and available  to answer quest’s questions. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time exploring Falmouth’s coastal waterways.

Daytrip to Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plimouth at Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Are you interested in learning the history of this great land? Do you want a fun filled interactive way to explore? If so, taking a daytrip to Plymouth, MA is a great way to spend an adventurous day outside learning about our great land’s past.

Downtown Plymouth is less than a hour’s drive from the Palmer House Inn. It bustles with many fine restaurants and shops. The downtown area is also the location of the famous Plymouth Rock. This landmark is the spot where settlers first landed in the new world in 1620. Located next to the rock is the Mayflower II. She is a complete, to scale replica of the original historic vessel that sailed across the Atlantic. Hop aboard this seventeenth century ship and get a tour. One can imagine what it must have been like to travel across a vast ocean during that time period.

Plimouth at Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

A Daytrip to Plimoth Plantation

To get an even more realistic experience into what it was like in America in the 1700’s, take a walk around Plimoth Plantation. The Plantation is two fully functioning replicated villages of both the colonists and the Native Americans. The Native Americans had lived and thrives off the land for centuries before the arrival of the colonists. In order to tour these villages your first stop will be the Visitor’s Center.  Here you can purchase tickets to the plantation and check out the Museum’s Shops. These shops sell beautiful Native American jewelry, handmade toys and food that was unique to the time period. The center is open year-round and hosts a wide variety of events.

In the Wampanoag village one will find actors of Native American descent who are dressed in period accurate clothing. As you walk through the village and into their homes you will discover many different aspects of their way of living. Besides their attire, you can view how they cooked, ate, planted and harvested crops. You will see the games that they played, learn about their music and dance. These are all portrayed on site. While there you can ask the actors questions about their lives and work. They will be sure to have a tale or an interesting tid-bit to share about their culture and lifestyle in the seventh century.

To learn about the English colonists, you can visit their village also. The actors there are also clad in period attire. They will also share stories from the time and teach you about their lives and struggles in their new land. This community gives you a look into both the maritime and farming ways of life. It is interesting to view the animals that were common in the area. In addition you will want to view the houses and gardens that were built by the settlers.

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Plymouth Grist Mill

If the Mayflower and the Plantation isn’t enough for one day, be sure to visit the Plymouth Grist Mill. This corn grinding mill is a reproduction of a mill that built in 1636. The site is open year-round and is fully operational. This mill is open daily and when it is running you can observe how it functions and you can even purchase some stone ground corn meal.

Plymouth is a wonderful daytrip to take for people of all ages. There are numerous options for recreation, learning and you can not beat the beautiful coastal views. Enjoy the history and beauty of this charming town while staying with us at the Palmer House Inn.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures New England’s rich history, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.