Old East Windmill
The Old East Windmill, built in 1800 in Orleans, Massachusetts, served that community for 93 years grinding wheat, rye, barley and salt from the local salt works. During the Civil War, the windmill also ground corn meal to be used as field rations for Union soldiers. In 1968, the windmill was sold to Heritage’s founder and moved to its present location. In order to make the 32 mile trip, the windmill was disassembled into four pieces. The move took ten days as each power line along the route had to be lifted to accommodate the height of the windmill. Once situated at the museum, the windmill was restored and fitted with an electric drive so it can run regardless of the presence of wind.
The Heritage Labyrinth was installed in 2002 and was designed by renowned artist Marty Cain of Newport, NH. This seven-circuit labyrinth of crushed shells and pink granite enables visitors to follow a single roundabout path to the center and use the same path to return, coming full circle and exiting where they entered. The path is in full view, allowing visitors to lose themselves in contemplation.
Hart Family Maze Garden
Opened in 2004, the Hart Family Maze Garden was designed to capture the mystery and intrigue of exploration that characterizes a classical maze while providing a format for display of Heritage’s vine collection. Inspired by the site’s views of the surrounding landscape, the New England climate and the vines themselves, the maze uses a range of materials. A combination of evergreen and deciduous vines and hedges alternately create opaque walls and transparent windows the outside depending on the season. Throughout the season, the maze will feature such flowering vines as wisteria, clematis, honeysuckle, silvervine fleeceflower, Japanese hydrangea vine and five-leaf akebia.
In addition, Heritage showcases more than 100 acres of display gardens that feature flowers, trees and shrubs native to Cape Cod. For more information, click here.