This is the original Cape Hedge Inn, at the very end of South Street, just above Cape Hedge beach. (A different hotel, a bit further up South Street, uses that name now.) This postcard was published by Virginia Cleaves Little. The date “5-19-54” is typed on the back.
Of the building on the left, all that remains are traces of its foundation. I can find no reference to what happened to it. I recall being told once, but I can’t remember whether it was a storm or a fire that destroyed it. The annex building on the right is still there, now used as a private home.
The inn burned down in about 1976(?)
I remember watching it burn. I am guessing that it was in the late 1970s.
Wasn’t it also called The Sandpiper Inn, at one point too?
It was called the Sandpiper and burned to the ground during the winter, late ’70s is about right. Went there several times as a kid with parents, my brother worked there as a bus boy.
It burned. Thank you for this photo! 🙂 Very cool!
I believe John Krenn owned it when it burn down.John still lives in Rockport.He can tell you lots more.
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Love this photo! In I believe 1980-81, we stayed at the place across the street. It was called Cape Hedge Guest House. We loved it! I have the pamphlet from then. The highest cost for a week was $165~sigh! Marge & Stan Bates were the owners.
This is my family home – my grandparents were Marge and Stan. Thank you for sharing!
A wonderful place to have grown up!
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John had sold it to two men originally from florida I think..I worked there when it was the Sandpiper in..the chef was a bit nasty..we had to wear long dresses.
Is there a way I can order copies of the old Cape Hedge Inn photos and articles? My friend now owns “the Annex” and I would like to surprise him with a photo. Thanks!
Apologies that I’m just seeing this. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about getting the photo for a print.