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Original Property Owners

     During the month of August, The Sandwich Historical Society, would have what has become to be known as their  Annual Pilgrimage. It was usually one of the special events that was conducted during  Old Home Week,  in Sandwich. During this special outing all others that were interested were welcomed to participate.  These "Excursionists" were made up of farmers, housekeepers, teachers, merchants, physicians, mechanics, ministers and others.

 These moments of looking back at the  people and events connected with the abandoned farms, old cellar holes etc. that they had visited were extremely interesting, especially the ones of well-known townsmen. Below  is a list and map of the home that these people viewed when they embarked on their Ninth  Annual Excursion on Aug. 25, 1927.

 

 Paragraph numbers refer to numbers found on map. 
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1.  The HOYT HOMESTEAD- This house was built by General Daniel Hoyt in 1810.  There was an old house standing on this location in 1806.  Subsequent owners have been Ira A. Moulton, H. Marston, Mrs. Julia Sherman Hoyt, Sarah and Susie Sherman, Albert S. Hoyt and Mrs. Minerva Hamilton Hoyt.

2. Miss ANGELIA SMITH'S PLACE- This was owned and occupied by Jeremiah Smith; Lyman Webster and wife lived here for a time. It was the home of James M. Smith and family for many years and is then the property of Miss Angelia A. Smith (1927).

3. SITE of JAMES M. SMITH'S STORE- This location was first occupied by a house belonging to Samuel Ambrose. Later Mr. Smith had a tin shop and store here which was moved across the street.

4. Mrs. HATTIE SKINNER'S PLACE- This house was built by John Burleigh for his son Josiah.  It was owned for many years by J. Curtis Burleigh, then occupied as a hotel; by Daniel Sherman and family then belonged to Mrs. Hattie Skinner.

5. Mrs. J. ALPHONSO SMITH'S PLACE- The first name that we find connected with this place is that of the Stickney's.  Then the Spokefield's. It was owned for many years by Moulton H. Marston who rented it to many different people.  It had been the property of Mrs. H. Annie Smith for some years.

6. The W. O. DEARBORN PLACE- This was built by Warren Dearborn and has always remained in the family.

7. WARREN DEARBORN'S CABINET SHOP- This building was first built used as a furniture shop, later as a shoe shop, and then for a  dwelling.  The first occupants that history tells us of were the Stickney's, and then the Spokefield family.  It was owned and rented for many years by Moulton H. Marston.

8. ELMER S. THOMPSON'S PLACE- This set of buildings was built by Charles H. Atwood. Subsequent owners have been George W. Thompson, Charles Thompson and Elmer S. Thompson.

9. EARL PEASLEE'S HOME- This was originally the No.7 School House.  It was owned by John M. Smith, then Frank Bean and family lived here for several years.  Later owners have been Mrs. Susan Willey, George Gault and Charles B. Hoyt.

10. The E. HARRIS METCALF HOUSE- The owners of the former house that stood on this location were John M. Smith, W. A. Heard and Ezekiel Dustin. This house was built by C. B. Hoyt. Subsequent owners were Harry Blanchard, Clarence Brown, Frank Parris and E. Harris Metcalf as Trustee.

11. GROVE CEMETERY- Largely owned by the Methodists. The first person buried here was the wife of Moulton H. Marston in 1857.

12. ICEHOUSE- Building was formerly used as a slaughter house by John M. Smith, and Willis B. Marston.

13. The BURNHAM HOMESTEAD- The first owner in  history  was Samuel Smith. Later it became the property of Mary Ann Bryant, Wesley Burnham, and his heirs.

14. WESLEY BURNHAM COBBLER SHOP- This shop is known to have been used as a cobbler shop by Wesley Burnham. It was formerly the carriage house of John M. Smith and moved here from Skinner Street.

15. KARL BICKFORD'S HOUSE- The owner's of this home have been Joseph Bean, George Webster, Asa S. Prescott, Arthur P. Moulton, George Bickford and Margaret B. Bickford.

16. The COLLINS HOUSE- The building came from the McGrillis farm in Whiteface, where it had been moved from Bennett Street. It was re-erected by Willis B. Marston and then was sold to Misses Collins of Rhode Island.

17. WARREN GILMAN'S HOME- Built by Jeremiah Smith. Owners or occupants have been Amasa Horn, Oscar Wheedon, Charles Bryant, and  John Hodge. It was then sold to Warren Gilman.

18. The CHARLES HOYT PLACE- Cleared and owned by the Hoyt family and occupied by Joseph Hoyt, Ezekiel Hoyt, Benjamin Burleigh, Burleigh Hoyt and Charles Hoyt.

The Dale Road. According to the Carroll County History: "In June 1797 it was voted to lay out a road to Thornton, and the selectmen were requested to petition the General Court for a tax of 2˘ an acre on all lands in Sandwich for the purpose of opening said road." The road was finally opened in 1801, and the town and state maintained it jointly.

19. SITE of OLD BURLEIGH HOUSE- A one-story house stood here and was owned by a man named Roberts.  Later it became the property of John Burleigh and then was added to make the upper part of Samuel Burleigh's house, located next to the north of Charles Hoyt's home.

The original house on this site was a two-story structure which burned about 1860.  The first owner, thought to be Robert's was succeeded by Mr. Ladd who kept a store. The present house was built by the Ebenezer Dale family and subsequent owners have been Charles Atwood, Elisha Marston and John c. Gilman.

21. The GOLD MINE- The Diamond Gold Mine was opened in 1877 and a shaft 84 feet in depth was sunk.  It was operated only for about a year, but work on the vertical shaft, 300 feet long, was recommenced by a new company in 1903 and continued for a few years, still under the management or the organizer Harry Pascoe, a '49 miner. It then became the property of Edward Samuels of Baltimore, Maryland.

22 The OLD TUTTLE PLACE- The first house here was built in 1794 by Thomas Colby, had two story front with roof sloping down to the one-story back, and its ornate parlor was plastered and frescoed walls was a thing of marked elegance.  Later owners were Tuttle, Thomas B. Weeks (1840), Thomas Burleigh, Mrs. L.W. Stanton (Burleigh's daughter), and Charles O. Smith.

23.  The ISRAEL GILMAN PLACE- Israel Gilman (from whom Mt. Israel derived its name) settled on this farm in 1768, living in a crude log cabin in the lower field, north of Bearcamp river. His son Jonathan built the present house in 1794, for a tavern, but it was never used. Paul Wentworth bought the farm about 1840 and later sold it to Thomas B. Weeks whose family remained until 1894, when Fred H. Edgerly bought it from Daniel W. Weeks. It then passed to Charles O. Smith.

24. ASAHEL WALLACE PLACE- Settled by Jacob Smith and subsequently owned by Paul Wentworth, Benjamin Way, John Beede, John W. Beede, Asahel Wallace, Scribner and Brown, Arthur Avery.

25. LEWIS Q. SMITH PLACE- Also settled by Jacob Smith and now owned by descendents. Previously owned by Eliphalet Smith, John Smith, Lewis Q. Smith and Demerritt Smith.

26. SCHOOLHOUSE SITE- Number 12 Schoolhouse was erected on this site about 1885, but since has been moved onto the Nate Gilman property to the east of his house.

27. SITE of EARLIER SCHOOLHOUSE- Among the teachers at the early school here were Daniel G. Beede, and Dudley Leavitt, the noted mathematician.

28. The NATHAN GILMAN PLACE- The home occupied for seventy three years by the Gilman family has been owned by Jeremiah Smith, Mr. Dinsmore, Caleb Gilman, and his descendents Jonathan, Elijah and Nathan.

29. The FRYE PLACE-The respective owners of the first house on this site were Paul Wentworth, Riley Magoon, and David Hatch.  In 1882 Thomas Worrell built the present structure, which has passed into the hands of Nathaniel Frye, Orrin C. Frye, Andrew Delano, and then to John S. English.

30. ROAD to DIAMOND LEDGE CAMP- the road leads to the house and land which were formerly owned by Miss Allah W. Foster of Boston, then Miss Grace Morton Kingman who had a girl's and women's camp there.

31. The ED MOUTLON FARM- Former owners and tenants of this farm have been families by the name of Ham, Copp, John D. Cook, Moses Moulton and son Herbert Moulton. Then sold to John Wentworth.

32. HARRY SMITH'S HOUSE- Originally the home of Joshua Tanner, then Charles Smith, and then to his son Harry Smith.

33. ASA MAGOON'S PLACE- Asa's son Leslie Magoon lived here after his father death. It then became the home of Walter Avery.

34. The SMITH HOMESTEAD- Occupied for three generations of the Smith family: Levi H. Smith, one-time owner of the mill on Montgomery Brook, Levi Smith, and Willis Smith.

35. HERMAN CLARK'S HOME- After Tristram Mason, the original owner, came  Ambrose Hill, Amasa Horn and then Herman Clark.

36. The JACOB MOULTON HOMESTEAD- Jonathan Bean, the first owner of this place sold it to Jacob Moulton, who in turn sold it to Lewis C. Gilman. Following owners were Samuel Chase, Elmer Thompson, and Charles MacGregor.

37. NORMAN HODGE'S HOUSE- After Nicholas Smith, the old settler, lived here, the house passed to DeMerritt Smith, son of Levi Q. Smith. Then passed to his grandson Norman Hodge.

 

 

 

 

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