The Hoxie House in Sandwich, a rare, circa-1640 saltbox, was once considered the oldest house on the Cape. Proof went up in smoke in a courthouse fire, though, leaving it up to a couple of structures in Provincetown to duke it out for the title.
Step inside and try to imagine being the original owner, Reverend John Smith. Now try imagine living here with his wife and 13 children. A bit of a squeeze. It was purchased for $400 in 1860 by retired whaler Abraham Hoxie. It was occupied straight through the 1950s, sans electricity, plumbing, and central heat, until it was purchased by the town and restored to reflect its Spartan, 17th-century roots, including antiques on loan from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
The lively tour with humorous references to social history makes it well worth the stop.