Town Hall Through the Years

Drawing by John Warner Barber, about 1837
Drawing by John Warner Barber, about 1837

At its 1834 Town Meeting, pursuant to a constitutional amendment in 1833 requiring formal separation of church and state, the town voted to erect a new Town Hall. The First Parish Meetinghouse (and earlier meetinghouses) at the corner of Main and River Streets had served as the religious and political center of Sandwich almost since the founding of the village in 1639.

The new Town Hall building was to be at the northern end of Lower Shawme Lake at the intersection of Main and Grove Streets on bog land donated by the Newcomb family at 8 Grove Street. Construction was preceded by extensive filling of the marshy land with gravel.


“Twelve Angry Men” @ Sandwich Town Hall


When: Fri Sep 28th
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Where: Sandwich Town Hall | 145 Main Street | Sandwich

In the first of what is hoped to be many happy collaborations, the Cotuit Center for the Arts is bringing a performance of “Twelve Angry Men” to the Sandwich Town Hall stage Friday, September 28 at 7:30 PM.

Reginald Rose wrote this acclaimed play as well as the 1950’s TV drama it is based on. In 1957, shortly after this powerful story of human nature was performed on television, it would become a highly acclaimed movie.
The story is simple but profound: twelve men sit in a court house room in 1954 deciding what their verdict will be concerning a homicide case.
Tickets for the play are $15 and can be purchased in advance through Cotuit Center for the Arts by phoning their box office at 508-428-0633 or at  There will be a concession provided by the Friends of Sandwich Town Hall at the performance.