Rhododendron Gardens, The Heritage Museum and Gardens, Sandwich, Cape Cod Bloom Late May, Early June
Museum of Sandwich Glass, Sandwich
Dexter Mill, Sandwich Village
Heritage Plantation Museum Autos in Sandwich
At the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich, the antique auto collection housed in a replica Shaker barn is a selective collection of classics.
Heritage Museum and Gardens is a sprawling history park that offers an auto museum housed in an antique Shaker barn, a sports museum, an antique carousal, and an antique windmill all set within acres of day lilies and a 75-acre Rhododendron garden with 125 cultivars blooming in late May and early June.
The Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich, Cape Cod offers collections of historic Americana set within a 100 acre formal and naturalized garden.
Within the gardens the museum has a windmill that is over two hundred years old.
Rhododendrons predominate and are part of a collection called after its founder, Charles Owen Dexter, the Dexter Rhododendron Gardens.
The site also includes a colonial house and herb garden.
Dexter was an industrialist who bought the property in 1921 and, as a hobby, hybridized plants, concentrating on Rhododendrons. He developed and gave away many unique cultivars while failing to keep careful records of his work. Even so, he became famous as a hybridizer of Rhododendrons and many of his unique plants are in the museum gardens.
The property passed to several owners after the death of Mr. Dexter in 1943, finally becoming the property of the Lilly family of Eli Lilly Co. Several Lilly family members had amassed collections of memorabilia which found their way into the museum: Objects of military history, an automobile collection, a carousel, an art collection and an antique windmill.
Nearby museums include the Dexter Grist Mill and the Sandwich Glass Museum
Rhododendrons are found in nature throughout the world in both Alpine and tropical settings except in South America and Africa. The northern hemispheres and particularly northern Asia, the Himalayas, Nepal are noted for many of the 1000 species found in the wild. There are over 28,000 cultivars of Rhododendron. Wiki Excerpt
Getting to Cape Cod: Boston is the nearest large city to Cape Cod.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route 93 to Route 3 and after 60 miles, cross the Cape Cod Canal. Continue on Route 6 for all locations on Cape Cod or go to Route 6A for the slower scenic route through the villages. Routes 6 and 6A join in Orleans and go to the tip of Cape Cod.
Several small commuter airlines serve Hyannis Airport and Provincetown Airport on Cape Cod from Boston, Providence, and New Bedford. Cape Air, US Airways Express, and Linear Air (Hanscom Field Bedford Ma)
Bus service is available from Boston and from Logan Airport. Plymouth and Brockton, Logan Direct serves Hyannis
Bonanza Bus Lines serves Bourne, Falmouth, and the Wood's Hole ferry from Logan Airport
Passenger Boats leave daily from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod (May -September) at Provincetown. Bicycles can go aboard.
A fast cat boat and a slower conventional passenger boat make trips from Boston. Bicycles permitted
A passenger boat makes a daily run from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown.
Fifteen large towns and many small villages make up Cape Cod.
Upper Cape: Along the Cape Cod Canal, the towns of Bourne and Sandwich define the northern limit of the upper Cape
Mid Cape includes Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis. The mid Cap is where you will find Hyannis Airport
Lower Cape includes Brewster, Harwich , and Chatham.
Outer Cape starts in Orleans and includes Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
The Sandwich Heritage Museum and Gardens.
June brings an explosion of rhododendron flowers to the sprawling horticultural museum and history park set on over 100 acres of naturalized plantings and formal gardens that include the Charles Owen Dexter Rhododendron Gardens and the 40 varieties in the Jack Cowles Rhododendron Gardens.
The plantings start blooming at the end of May with the Rhododendrons reaching their peak in mid June. The spectacle continues into July with the flowering of 1,200 varieties of day lilies planted among 136 cultivars of hosta and 62 varieties of heather and heath along with herb gardens, a planting of ginkgo trees, and century-old European Beech trees.
The historic Americana collection assembled by J.K. Lilly 3rd of the pharmaceutical family includes a replica Shaker round barn which houses an antique automobile collection numbering 42 vehicles including a Model T and a 1930 Duesenburg Model J Roadster once owned by Gary Cooper. Other displays include the American History Museum where antique American firearms, antique toys, military miniatures, and Native American artifacts are on view, and the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame museum. The site also has a working carousel built in 1912 with antique hand-carved Charles Loof horses and an art museum with American folk art, Currier and Ives lithographs, scrimshaw, and A. Elmer Crowell bird carvings. Also on the grounds in a flower garden setting, the museum has restored the East Mill, a windmill which ground grain for 200 years before curators moved it in 1968 from Orleans, MA to the Heritage Museum.
The Rhododendron Gardens at the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich on Cape Cod bloom in Late May or Early June and make a great family outing.
The museum has an antique auto exhibit, history museum, antique windmill, carousel, and gardens.