Historic Meetinghouse Church in center of Sandwich Village
Rare chance to enjoy a piece of Sandwich history. This historic landmark has undergone numerous transformations and has most recently become a spectacular addition to the Belfry properties. Original architectural features and six incredible stained glass windows were seamlessly incorporated into the most recent renovations. Choose among five (5) bedrooms each with gas fireplace and en suite baths. A common Great room with separate sections for formal living and dining rooms as well as a wet bar. We offer catered meals utilizing spectacular Chef's kitchen. There is elevator access to all three levels and a spiral staircase to the bell tower.
Brief History and Overview of the Meetinghouse
The Meetinghouse. Purchased by the Wilson Family in 2002 at auction (formerly Yesteryears Doll Museum cr 1965) and completely renovated into a 5 bedroom residential property; used as part of the Belfry Inn & Bistro portfolio of rooms and private catered function space. It was sold by Wilson in 2005 to The Segur family and who have since passed away it was repurchased from the estate by Wilson again in 2018.
The Meetinghouse is one of the most storied landmarks in the village: the First Church Meetinghouse. This was the site of the original First Parish Meeting House, built in 1638 and the first public building on Cape Cod, and served as a literal meetinghouse, simultaneously, of the town hall of Cape Cod’s first settlement and the place of worship for three different denominations. Three different structures have occupied the site-the present one has stood since 1830.
Over the years, the town hall moved out, reflecting separation of church and state, then, gradually, the denominations moved to other quarters. Since 1965, the majestic, yet graceful structure was a doll house museum, Yesteryears, and finally, even that function ended. When we last visited Sandwich, it was cracked and peeling, boarded up and decaying. Wilson bought it at auction and saw it through its reincarnation as The Belfry Meetinghouse.
The Meetinghouse is can be offerred for longer stays-such as weekly business retreats or monthly family vacations.