On the Market: A Three Century-Old Cottage in Sandwich
Built circa 1680, the original wing of the home is marked by hand-carved fireplace mantels, while the newer addition includes a pottery studio.
7 Water St., Sandwich
Size: 2,016 square feet
For a home that’s 339 years old, this home looks good. Actually, by any standard, this quaint and sunny abode is a delight to behold. Which is especially amazing considering the journey it had to arrive where it is.
According to listing agent Beverly Comeau of Kinlin Grover Real Estate, the timber for the home was chopped in East Sandwich, then “floated on the tide across the harbor, through the marshes” to Mill Creek. Oxen took the building materials from there to the construction site, where the shingle-sided home was built in circa 1680. But the odyssey wasn’t over. In 1720, the humble house was relocated to its current spot on Water Street, and a couple of centuries later, an addition expanded the home to hold more than 2,000 square feet of living space.
The front of the structure with the gambrel roof was the original building, and that part, Comeau says, “is unspoiled.” The hand-carved fireplace mantels, antique wainscoting, and wide-planked pine floors are all beautiful elements original to the William Pope House, named after its first owner. Upstairs, the pine is painted in shades of cream and indigo, and dormer windows look out at Shawme Lake, just across the street.
One particular benefit of the home expansion was an art studio, attached to the house for use as a pottery shop. The room’s separate entrance means you can seamlessly take a rest from making art to stroll to the nearby public library, or even all the way over to the harbor that helped bring the home together.
For information, contact Beverly Comeau, Kinlin Grover Real Estate, kinlingrover.com
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