Heritage Museum and Gardens


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Published: June 21st 2009
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Heritage Museum and Garden
Sandwich, MA
June 19,2009


This week Karen, Maureen and myself visited the Heritage Museum in Sandwich MA on a rainy day in mid June. We had planned on coming last week but it rained every day we could come. This week we gave up waiting for the rain to stop and came anyway. The museums have a variety of interesting exhibits and the all the gardens were in top shape. It was refreshing to see such a large garden with such a diverse collection of plantings
and maintaining this level of care. The museum has over 100 acres of award winning gardens. There are three different museums spread out on the grounds. A Shaker style barn houses the antique autos, an American history museum and an art museum. In the art building is a restored operating Flying Horses that we took a ride on. In addition to the wonderful gardens there is a labyrinth and a maze garden.
Josiah Kirby Lilly III founded the museum in 1969; he was a member of the Ely Lilly family. He established it as place to store his private collections of autos, war memorabilia, and American art. Today a private foundation does an excellent job maintaining the facility. Because of the rain I wasn’t able to get many pictures of the gardens but believe me they are worth the trip. Unfortunately we were a week late for the Rhododendrons bloom, which is the premiere planting. We’ll have to return next year.



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