The Boardwalk in Sandwich, Massachusetts

Built in 1875, the Sandwich boardwalk is a 1,300-foot-long wooden boardwalk in Sandwich, Massachusetts. The boardwalk crosses Mill Creek and the marsh and leads to Town Beach.

The boardwalk was built after a gale destroyed the small footbridge that existed on that spot on December 21, 1874. The boardwalk was built by local contractor Gustavus Howland for $500.

The boardwalk has since been rebuilt, using the original plans by Gustavus Howland, several times over the years due to damage from storms. The first time it was rebuilt was in 1899, after it was destroyed by a gale in November of 1898.

In 1991, the boardwalk was nearly destroyed during Hurricane Bob and was rebuilt in June of 1992. To raise money for the construction, local residents and businesses purchased planks engraved with their names and personalized messages to be used in the new boardwalk.

In February of 2013, the boardwalk was partially destroyed during a blizzard. In 2018, another winter storm created a large hole in the middle section of the boardwalk and damaged the stairs at the end of the boardwalk that lead down to the beach. The cost to repair the damage was estimated to be about $86,000.

Boardwalk in Sandwich, Mass. Photo by Richard A. Corsano, 1983, courtesy Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman, Massachusetts Historical Commission

On January 31, 2022, about 220 feet of the wood crossing on the boardwalk was badly damaged during a nor’easter.

Due to the constant damage from storms, the town voted to completely rebuild the boardwalk using stronger materials, such as stainless steel and helical piles, at the cost of $2 million. The new bridge will also be wider and will have better lighting and handrails and will also be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible.

Construction of the new boardwalk began in the summer of 2023, the Sandwich Boardwalk is scheduled to be completed in March of 2024.

Sandwich is a historic town in Cape Cod with several scenic beaches along its coastline. The town often attracts visitors seeking a blend of historical charm, cultural attractions, and natural beauty. It remains a popular destination on Cape Cod, offering a mix of seaside experiences and a glimpse into the region’s colonial past.

Have you been to the Sandwich Boardwalk? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of it!

If you want to visit more historic boardwalks, check out this article on beaches with boardwalks in Massachusetts.

Sources:
McCarthy, Christine. “Sandwich couple finds portions of historic boardwalk blown away by blizzard.” Boston 25 News, 3 Feb. 2022, boston25news.com/news/massachusetts/sandwich-couple-finds-portions-historic-boardwalk-blown-away-by-blizzard/JQMMP77UHJENHHB5QYOFWBADTY/
Congi, Sera. “Sections of iconic Sandwich Boardwalk destroyed in Saturday’s nor’easter.” WCVB, 31 Jan. 2022, wcvb.com/article/sandwich-boardwalk-damaged-by-storm-january-31-2022/38943919
O’Laughlin, Frank. “Crews begin long-awaited reconstruction of beloved Cape Cod landmark.” Boston 25 News, 21 June. 2023, boston25news.com/news/local/crews-begin-long-awaited-reconstruction-beloved-cape-cod-landmark/N22XCFVIYJFDTE7MGFLLC2PFXY/
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William Briscoe is a seasoned travel blogger and adventurer based in Massachusetts. With a passion for exploring hidden gems and sharing his travel experiences, Briscoe's website, "Mass Attractions," has become a go-to resource for those seeking seasonal attractions in Massachusetts. In addition to his website, William has contributed travel stories and articles to various travel publications, and his work has been featured in several magazines and online platforms. He also collaborates with tourism boards and travel companies to promote sustainable and responsible travel practices. William enjoys exploring the scenic beauty of New England, spending time with his family and two rescue dogs, and experimenting with classical New England recipes in his kitchen. He holds a degree in English Literature from Boston University, which he believes laid the foundation for his writing skills.

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