The saltbox house was built in the mid-seventeenth century and occupied around 1675 by Rev. John Smith, his wife Susanna and their 13 children. Smith served as pastor of the Separatist First Church of Sandwich from 1673 until 1689. He also served as a representative to the legislature and recommended tolerance of the Quakers, a religious minority in the area.
In the mid-nineteenth century, Abraham Hoxie, a whaling captain, purchased the property. The town of Sandwich acquired the home in the 1950s and restored the building.
^Insiders' Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands By Erica Bollerud, Julia Clinger Contributor Julia Clinger Edition: 7, illustrated Published by Globe Pequot, 2007, pg. 179 ISBN 0-7627-4402-2, 978-0-7627-4402-2