Sandwich residents and visitors will again have a chance this summer to ride to scenic Sandwich destinations on a classically designed trolley starting Saturday, July 2.
Designed like an iconic San Francisco cable car, travelers will be able to hop on and off for free all day. Patrons can park at the Henry T. Wing School, and ride to many different locations all over Sandwich. Riders will have the opportunity to hop on and hop off at the town hall, Heritage Museums & Gardens, the intersection of Main and Jarves streets, the Sandwich Train Depot, Merchants Square, and other locations.
This is the second summer for the trolley.
But unlike last year, this year’s trolleys will have informational speakers aboard. Sandwich Glass Town Cultural District Steering Committee vice chairman Jeanne G. Prendergast said the trolley will provide background information on Sandwich’s landmarks for visitors. “We’ll have volunteer narrators on board to tell stories of the different historical locations around town,” she said.
The trolley is scheduled to run weekends, Friday through Sunday, from 10 AM to 4 PM until mid-September. The trolley is also scheduled to be in the July 4th parade in Sandwich as well. The new service hopes to bring new customers to local businesses and to alleviate downtown Sandwich of some of its traffic. “We hope to highlight Sandwich and to encourage people to eat, shop, and spend time in downtown Sandwich,” Ms. Prendergast said.
Although the trolley will be exciting for locals, it will focus on informing visitors about Sandwich as well. “During the summer, we all have friends and family who visit,” said Glass Town Steering Committee chairman Charleen Johnson. “It’s great to take them on it.” According to Ms. Johnson, this year’s trolley was funded completely by donations from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Town of Sandwich, the Sandwich Visitor Services Board, Kinlin Grover Real Estate, Sandwich Community Television, the Dan’l Webster Inn, The Spotted Cod, and Heritage Museums and Gardens. The Sandwich Glass Town Cultural District Steering Committee strives to develop tourism, business, and culture in downtown Sandwich.
Glass Town Trolley sponsors:
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Town of Sandwich
Visitor Services Board
Cape Cod Five Cent Savings Bank
Sandwich Community TV
Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa
Heritage Museums & Gardens
The Spotted Cod
The Glass Town Trolley Route
The Glass Town trolley begins its route in the parking lot of the former Wing School in Sandwich Center. With plentiful parking, visitors are encouraged to leave their cars out of the congested downtown, and to utilize the trolley to visit cultural, natural and business resources in the town.
Last year we made six fixed stops in the downtown area and at the Sandwich Marina and Boardwalk. With the new Harbormaster office and a new restaurant in the marina area, and the request for a stop in Merchants Square, we will be adding two stops to the route. The trolley circulates once an hour between 10 am and 4 pm, giving visitors a tour of the town as well as reliable transportation from site to site, or from their cars to the site of particular interest.
The 2016 Glass Town trolley route:
- Wing School parking lot (start and finish of route)
- Town Hall/Grist Mill
- Heritage Museums & Gardens
- Dan’l Webster Inn/Library
- Corner of 6A and Jarves, near train stop
- Marina area
- Merchants Square
- Sandwich Glass Museum