The sturdy old structure, located at the corner of LaFayette and Railroad streets, is locally known as the “Stone Mill” and has been a landmark in Sandwich for more than 125 years. The original name of the building, which first operated as a flour mill, was the Sandwich Steam Mill.
Built in 1859, the building was deeded to the Sandwich Historical Society in 1965 and since then used as the Sandwich Historical Society Industrial Museum. Extensive renovation occurred, including adding a new roof, sandblasting the walls, painting the lower level floors and, most recently, replacing the cupola on top of the building. However, the heavy beams and supporting posts are still in their original state to show the natural grain and beauty of the old timbers.
Sandwich will soon be home to an exciting year-round attraction: the Waves of Fun Indoor Water Park. The park, located along Route 34, is in the midst of completing construction and will house a number of advanced aquatic features, including the country’s first standing wave surf machine that will be used to surf, body board and kayak. The water park will also have a 45-foot-tall slide tower, a four-story Hawaiian-themed water play structure, a wave pool and a lazy river.
Shopping is enjoyed while strolling through our charming downtown district, where you can find a quaint small-town atmosphere featuring antique shops, gift shops, shoes, coffee shop, beauty shops, drug stores, fitness and dining. Each of the shops is unique in the type of items they sell.
For more than 20 years, the Sandwich Antiques Market has brought people from all over the Midwest to Sandwich for collectibles. The Sandwich Antique Market, located at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, has two main areas; one is devoted strictly to antiques and collectibles more than 20 years old. The West Field acts as a flea market open to crafts, flea market items and business merchandise. The Sandwich Antique Market runs the third or fourth Sunday of the month, April through October.
Sprinkled in between the shops lining the streets of Sandwich is an eclectic mix of restaurants, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The community is full of dining opportunities, ranging from casual, family-friendly eateries, pubs and fast-food restaurants to fine dining establishments, ethnic options and places serving up delicious treats to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Visitors to Sandwich are invited to stay at the modern Best Western Timber Creek Inn & Suites, a new development that opened in January 2008. The 100-room hotel serves both the business and leisure visitor with comfortable guestrooms and a long list of amenities. The facility houses an indoor pool and spa, a 24-hour fitness center, an arcade, a business center, free high-speed Internet access and complimentary continental breakfast.
For a more rustic overnight stay, visitors can venture over to nearby Millbrook, home to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. Guests choose to stay in the park’s RV and tent campsites or its one- or two-room cabins. The resort is full of quality amenities and activities, including two pools, a kiddie pool and a hot tub, along with volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits, a mini golf course, a large pavilion and game room, hay wagon rides, movies, bingo and a ceramics painting program.