Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Key to The Old Fort House

Hello again fellow key lovers!

    It is yet another lovely morning here at The Baldpate Inn, and I happened to wake up feeling an overwhelming appreciation for the history that continues to emanate out from the Baldpate itself.  That is why today I chose to focus on yet another key that is rich in history- the key to The Old Fort House located in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

  The Old Fort House, also known as Wing Fort House, is recognized as the oldest house in New England to be continuously owned by the same family.  In 1646, Stephen Wing either purchased the home, or it was granted to him by the town around the time of his first marriage.  Wing's family and descendants continued to live in the home until around 1942, which it was then sold to the Wing Family of America Inc.  The key shown above was presented to the Baldpate by the board of directors at Wing Family of America Inc.

  The Old Fort House, according to tradition, is said to at one time had been a fort to protect early settlers from Native Americans.  The Cape Indians, which lived near Sandwich, ended up being cordial, so there was no need to use the fort for protection.  The Old Fort House is now a museum that is open to the public through the months of June-September.  The House was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

  As always, our key collection is always welcome to new additions, so come donate a key or just enjoy the interesting life tales of the keys already present here at The Baldpate Inn!

Til Next Time,