Hoxie House

Coordinates: 41°45′19.22″N 70°29′53.50″W / 41.7553389°N 70.4981944°W / 41.7553389; -70.4981944
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Hoxie House
The Hoxie House in 2011
Hoxie House is located in Massachusetts
Hoxie House
Location within Massachusetts
General information
Architectural styleColonial
LocationSandwich, Massachusetts
Address16 Water St
Coordinates41°45′19.22″N 70°29′53.50″W / 41.7553389°N 70.4981944°W / 41.7553389; -70.4981944
Completedc. 1675 (MACRIS)[1]
Renovated1959 (restored)

The Hoxie House (c. 1675) is a saltbox house located in Sandwich, Massachusetts. According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, it is likely the oldest extant house "in the area".[1] The residence was owned by both the Smith and Hoxie families before being turned over to the town of Sandwich in 1959. During this time the house was restored, and it now operates as a museum.


The saltbox house was built in the mid-seventeenth century and occupied around 1675 by reverend John Smith.[2] Smith served as pastor of the Separatist First Church of Sandwich from 1673 until 1689.[3] He also served as a representative to the legislature, and recommended tolerance of the Quakers.[3] Smith's descendants owned and occupied the house until 1856, when school teacher Bethia Smith passed away.[2]

The house was subsequently acquired by a retired whaling captain named Abraham Hoxie in the 1850s or by 1860.[2][4] Hoxie died in 1887, and his descendants continued to live in the house. It was not until the early 1950s that modern amenities such as electricity, plumbing and central heat were added.[2][4] In 1957, the town of Sandwich took possession of the house after the Hoxie family failed to pay owed property taxes.[2] The "deteriorated" house was extensively restored in 1959 which retained most of the original structural members, however the fireplaces and chimneys had to be rebuilt.[1]

As it stands presently, the Hoxie House is a 2.5-story half house with an integral rear lean-to. There is also a small, 1-story ell on the west side.[1] Fresh cedar shakes were added to the residence in 2008 after the town spent $50,000 in community preservation funds.[2] In 2011, the name Smith-Hoxie House was floated as a name change to honor the original builder, but nothing was followed up on.[2] The town of Sandwich operates the house as a museum yearly for visitors.


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  1. ^ a b c d "Hoxie House". Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (downloadable PDFs under "Areas"). Retrieved April 19, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g George Brennan (December 28, 2011). "Hoxie House name change in the works?". Cape Cod Times. Archived from the original on October 5, 2022. Retrieved April 19, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Erica Bollerud, Julia Clinger (2007). Insiders Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands (7th ed.). Globe Pequot. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-7627-4402-2.
  4. ^ a b "Hoxie House Museum". Sandwich Historical Commission. Archived from the original on January 30, 2023. Retrieved April 19, 2023.

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