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Heritage American Museum & Gardens
Plantation of Sandwich

Grove Street
Sandwich, Massachusetts

Phone: 508-888-3300 --

Statement of Purpose:

Heritage Plantation of Sandwich is a diversified museum of Americana founded in honor of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr. by members of his family.

A non-profit corporation, it is dedicated to the presentation and preservation of the collections assembled by the Lilly family and many other contributors.

The Plantation also maintains more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers on the grounds where Charles O. Dexter developed the internationally recognized Dexter rhododendrons. Because of the diversity of its collections and beauty of its grounds, Heritage Plantation is a place for the whole family to enjoy.

Highlights & Collections:

View an Auburn Boattail Speedster. In 1932; it was the ultimate American Sportscar. Inspect it and the 35 other antique and classic cars exhibited in the Round Barn, a reproduction of the Round Dairy Barn built by the Shakers in Hancock, MA. Great names in the car collection include: A stunning 1930 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster, once owned by movie star Gary Cooper, and President William Howard Taft's White Steamer - the first official White House automobile. One of the most popular cars in the Round Barn is the Model T. Visitors are invited to sit in this Ford, imagining motoring in 1913.

A spin on our 1912 carousel awaits you at the Art Museum. Our rare and magical treasure, completely restored and running, was built in Riverside, R.I. by Charles I.D. Looff, famed for building the first Coney Island carousel in 1876. An exploration of the galleries in this uniquely designed building will transport you to other eras of the American past. View primitive portraits, landscape and genre paintings and western art. Discover scrimshaw, a whaling art; weathervanes, cigar store figures, trade signs, and Crowell bird carvings. The collection of Currier and Ives prints, toys and antique tools are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

March to the Military Museum, a reconstruction of the Revolutionary War period building called the Temple and view the Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. collections of firearms and Military Miniatures. The firearms display traces the history of weapons from the Colonial period through the Spanish American War. The hand-painted Miniatures, over 2,000 in number, depict the uniforms and colors of military units important in American military history from 1620 to 1900. Also located in the Military Museum are the Plantation's Native American collections and a display of American flag replicas.

Exhibits & Special Events:

We invite you to walk on the grass, smell the flowers, listen to the birds, relax on a bench and enjoy unusual horticultural views. The dramatic trusses of the Dexter Rhododendrons, a pageant of colorful Daylilies, sensual green leaves of Hosta, and tweedy textures of Heathers await your discovery. Explore the Herb Garden, touch the leaves to experience the fragrances. Seventy-six acres of majestic trees, ornamental shrubs and a parade of annuals, delight visitors by providing a beautiful environment with something in bloom every day of the season.

The Old East Mill vvas built in nearby Orleans in 1800 and ground that town's grain for 93 years. The Mill is not open to the public, but does provide a great backdrop for photographs. Across from the Windmill is the Old Barn Gallery, which houses the Museum's smaller rotating art exhibitions.


Americana Museum & Gardens with Picnic Area and Museum Store are open seven days a week : 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, no tickets are sold after 4:15 p.m. Open mid-May until late-October. Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are available in our Carousel Cafe.

Admission & Directions:

Heritage Plantation is three miles from the Cape Cod Sagamore Bridge Exit on Route 6A, then take Route 130 to Pine Street and Heritage Plantation. From Mid-Cape Highway (Route 6) take exit 2 and Route 130 to Grove Street and Heritage Plantation.

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