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The Christmas Stroll

David Kelly House
Each Christmas the villages on Cape Cod celebrate the season with strolls down the Main streets of each community. The Cape is divided in to thirteen towns and within each town are the charming villages. The oldest village is Sandwich with a very rich history and where the oldest house “The Hoxie House” is located on the shores of Shawme Pond. Next door is the Thornton Burgess Museum with memorabilia of the famous Peter the Rabbitt penned by the museum’s namesake. Visitor’s to Sandwich can also find the gardens at The Heritage Plantation, Pierpoint Glassworks and Doll Museum. Many Bed and Breakfast inns as well as the gorgeous Daniel Webster offer a range of accommodations.

Sandwich begins the journey down Rte. 6A, The Old King’s Highway, the oldest and longest historically protected road in this country. It is a wonderful excursion to leisurely travel this winding route through many quaint villages, particularly at dusk as the holiday lights come on. Whether it be a traditional Cape or an impressive Colonial Greek Revival Captain’s house candles will glow in the windows and traditional wreathes will be displayed on doors. At no other time of the year is the unique charm of our architecture so alluring.

On the south side of our narrow peninsula one can also find the same village charm. One of the most famous of course is Hyannisport and the legacy of the Kennedy family. Cotuit, Chatham, Osterville and Centerville have their unique flavor as well and the historic Main Streets are perfect venues to view our traditional New England architecture. The photos here are just a tiny sampling of homes and businesses in my village.

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During this special time of the year I wish you…

Whatever is beautiful.

Whatever is meaningful.

Whatever brings you happiness.

May it be yours this holiday season

and throughout the coming year.

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