Heritage Museums & Gardens
Heritage Museums & Gardens is the largest public garden in Southern New England. It is located on 100 acres of magnificent grounds and trails on the banks of Shawme Pond in Historic Sandwich.
The gardens feature internationally important collections of rhododendrons, including those created by Charles Dexter, who did his ground-breaking plant hybridizing work here. Their typical bloom time is from Memorial Day Weekend to mid-June. Other horticultural areas of interest include the country’s most comprehensive collection of hydrangeas, a collection of over 1,000 varieties of daylilies, hostas, herb, hosta, and heather gardens, and more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers along beautiful and easily walked paths.
Hidden Hollow, a family-friendly outdoor discovery area, is a place for exploration of the outdoors and our place in it. Heritage offers three gallery buildings housing permanent exhibits of world-class automobiles, a working vintage carousel, American folk art, and featured special exhibitions.
Heritage Museums & Gardens celebrates American culture and inspires people of all ages to explore, discover and learn together. We do this through excellence in horticulture, garden design, outdoor discovery and the exhibition of great collections
The Special Exhibitions Gallery is a replica of the Revolutionary War building known as The Temple of Virtue, located in New Windsor, New York which is known as the location where George Washington bestowed the first Purple Heart to a wounded soldier.
The American Art & Carousel Gallery houses our working 1908 carousel manufactured by Charles Looff. In addition, this gallery hosts The Heritage Collection, an exhibit of American art and artifacts that tell stories of our country’s people, including a charming collection of military miniatures.
The Automobile Gallery includes an impressive collection of American automobiles within a replica of the Shaker Round Barn from Hancock, Massachusetts. The gallery includes cars loaned by area collectors, providing a glimpse of rarely seen autos of interest.