This inn at the very end of South Street in Rockport, just above Cape Hedge beach, burned to the ground in the late 1970s. The ruins can still be seen there today. For many years, it was called the Cape Hedge Inn and in the 1970s it went by the name Sandpiper Inn. This postcard identifies it as the Beaches Inn.
I have been able to find no information about the Beaches Inn except that it was operated by Kathleen (Kay) and Edward Pine. The also operated an inn named The 1840 House on Beach Street in Rockport. Mrs. Pine died in 2003 at the age of 85.
This postcard is much more recent that the ones I usually post, but I was fascinated to see this view of the inn from the water. For a 1953 view of the inn when it was called Cape Hedge, see this post.
This postcard was published by Curtis News of Rockport, which published a number of postcards over the years before it closed in the early 1980s. It was run by Bud Curtis, who later was a realtor with Beaton Real Estate in Rockport.
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The Cape Hedge Inn was owned at one time by the sister of George H Todd back in the late 50’s
Todd had an ice and coal business and delivered to the docks for the fisherman . Prior to oil furnaces there were a lot of coal burning furnaces in the homes and Todd would pull up in his truck and set up the coal chute he had and dump bags of coal into the coal bin in the basement of the home . He charged by the bag.
At one point had an office near the blacksmith shop but later ran his business out of his home and the detached barns behind his house on 8 Parker Street on Parker
I was told that the Sandpiper Inn was originally the home of the judge in the Lizzie Borden trial. June (Tarr) York told me this. He was also a guest at her wedding. June was just under 102 years old when she died about 25 years ago.
The Sandpiper became a fabulous restaurant owned by friends of ours. Mom worked there as a hostess until it burned down in the 70’s.
Thanks for sharing your memories.
My uncle was one of the owners of the Sandpiper. Fred Tetreault
I recall one of their regular customers was Rex Trailer.