Preservation

We are dedicated to the preservation of our shared heritage

Men fixing the walls and siding of the mill

The Nye Museum is located at the historic homestead of Benjamin Nye and Katherine Tupper—two English-born immigrants who helped settle the Town of Sandwich in 1637. In 1678, the couple became pioneers once again when they established the family homestead in East Sandwich at the present-day location of the Nye Museum. We are dedicated to preserving and maintaining the historic buildings and grounds that Benjamin, Katherine, and their descendants built and developed.

In order to ensure the integrity of this slice of our national heritage, the Nye Museum employs professional historians, an archaeologist, and other museum personnel in year-round capacities.

Completed Preservation:

1959

Rosanna Cullity and Roswell Nye revive Nye Family of America Association in order to save the Benjamin Nye Homestead from being torn down.

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1959 article, Rosanna Cullity portrait, Roswell H. Nye

1962

Nye Family of America Association acquires the Homestead and begins restoration. 

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Front, Back

1972

Nye Museum opens to the public.

1981-2

Restoration of the upstairs chamber to its earliest form.

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Upstairs chamber before work

1985

Restoration of the hearth and 1770s era kitchen.

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Tearing up the kitchen floor

1991

Nye Museum acquires the 1889 Grange Hall in order to preserve and renews its tradition of community event programming.

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Grange Hall – 1, Grange Hall – 2

2002

Nye Museum signs agreement with Division of Fisheries & Wildlife to manage land along the marsh in order to clear overgrown areas.

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Management Agreement with DFW – clearing begins

2003

Restoration of pool, fish ladder, and meadow.

2005

Small Chamber (Borning) Room repair.

2009

Restoration of Silvanus Nye Parlor floor. Archaeological survey. Restoration of fireplace and hearth.

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During, After

2009

Museum acquires 1.39 acres surrounding its buildings, as well as mill.

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Land Swap  with DFW, Pres. Judy Hendy and Atty. Peter Conathan

2010

Mill flume archaeology dig.

2013

Museum acquires neck adjacent to Nye Pond.

2015-16

Joseph Nye Parlor Restoration of sills, floor joists, and floor. Archaeological survey.

2016-19

Restoration of mill into Nye Mill Museum.

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