The first stop was on our trip was Sandwich, the oldest town in Cape Cod, founded in 1637. We toured the Sandwich Glass Museum, founded on July 4, 1825. Deming Jarves, a merchant from Boson, opened his factory, originally featuring blown glass, and shortly followed, in 1827, to include pressed glass.
The Sandwich Glass Museum has an extensive collection of glass, including blown and pressed pieces, both plain and decorated, created over 62 years. The factory closed on January 1, 1888, due to financial difficulties from completion from other factories and a worker’s strike. The factory buildings were torn down in the 1920s and 1940s. A bronze tablet marks the location.
Viewing the glass, and the information on the text through out the museum, gives a fascinating view of the part glass played in our history. Featured pieces range from practical every day wear to elegant, extravagant creations.
In addition to the displays, every hour on the hour, there are demonstrations of different glass blowing techniques. The gift shop features contemporary glass for sale with a wide range of variety and prices!
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