Read to the bottom to see how it all unfolds and pay attention to the timestamps.
“Dear Fredrik: I am Diana’s husband Steve, still in AZ except for our hearts, which we left in Boston & Cape Ann, specifically Eastern Point in East Gloucester where we had our summer home for nearly 30 years. We spent our 1-night honeymoon at the Sandpiper September 3, 1972, and she surprised me w/your photos last week for our 48th anniversary. We’re both very glad that prompted our discovering GMG and sure appreciate the effort you put into this!“
This is a reply to Fred’s comments on a Sharon Lowe post from 2012. Scroll down to read the post and pay attention to the dates on the comments that the post inspired :
Even when we pass people far and wide are touched by our contributions to Good Morning Gloucester. I’m sure Fred is smiling down from heaven knowing he is still touching people’s lives. Fred passed in August 2015 but his comments on this post live on in the pages of GMG.
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THE CAPE HEDGE INN, CIRCA 1950
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The Cape Hedge Inn, Land’s End, Rockport, circa 1950 Don Felt/©Fredrik D. BodinThe Cape Hedge Inn was located at the end of South Street in Rockport, between Cape Hedge and Pebble Beaches. Across the street was the over flow guest house, and the little shack to the right of it was a hot dog stand. In the later 1950s and 1960s, the inn was called the Sandpiper by its new owners. Sadly, the Sandpiper burned in 1978. All that remains is a crumbled foundation.
The Cape Hedge Inn, Land’s End, Rockport, 1954 Anonymous/Fredrik D. BodinAerial printed archivally from the original 4×5 inch film negative in my darkroom. Image #a9245-578Sandpiper Inn printed digitally from a post card.Fred
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14 THOUGHTS ON “THE CAPE HEDGE INN, CIRCA 1950”
- kimsmithdesigns says:I love these old photos, along with the accompanying history,-thank you for sharing!!! What a fabulous place for an Inn. I’ve always dreamed of owning (and decorating) an early 20th-centruy-stone-and shingle-style inn at the windswept water’s edge–think of all the characters, and ideal setting, for a series of mystery novels–I’m inspired just lookin at these photos.LikeReply
- Paul F. Frontiero Jr. says:MY BROTHER WAS A DISHWASHER THERE. HE LOST HIS JOB WHEN IT BURNED DOWN.LikeReply
- The Roving Home says:Every time I walk there I check out the old foundation and wonder what the building looked like. Now I know – thanks for posting this.LikeReply
- Anonymous says:Thanks for posting this photo, I live down the street and heard there was an Inn there, too bad it burned down. It was a magnificent building.LikeReply
- cape anner says:Thanks for the photo.
Isn’t that close to where the first Trans-Atlantic cable came ashore?LikeReply
- cape anner says:Do you have a photo of the OLD Turks Head Inn? That burned down too.LikeReply
- Fredrik Bodin says:Yes again. I have photos of the two previous Turks Head Inns.LikeReply
- Fredrik Bodin says:I was asked by a GMG reader if the Sandpiper had a dining room. She thinks she may have eaten there in 1975. Anyone know?LikeReply
- Fredrik Bodin says:I’ve confirmed from three different sources (including Paul Frontiero Jr.and Arley Pett) that the Sandpiper had a dining room. Jim Bates of Rockport worked in the kitchen there as a 15 year old for dinner service, and his sister worked there for breakfast. He particularly remembers deveining great quantities of shrimp for their famous shrimp scampi.The dining room was open to the public, seated more than 100, and was always packed for dinner. Jim also ran the hot dog stand. Today, two of the Sandpiper’s dining room tables are in his house. There you go– she did eat there in 1975.LikeReply
- Fred Bodin says:Last night I received a thank you email from the GMG reader who requested the Sandpiper information: “I’ve always tried to figure out what that restaurant was and no one seemed to know. I remember it was lovely and the view was beautiful. I do remember that it was very busy that night. Thanks again for finding my memory.”LikeReply
- Fredrik Bodin says:Today I got a phone call from Diana in Arizona. She spent her honeymoon there! People have great visual memories.LikeReply
- Steve Cobb says:Dear Fredrik: I am Diana’s husband Steve, still in AZ except for our hearts, which we left in Boston & Cape Ann, specifically Eastern Point in East Gloucester where we had our summer home for nearly 30 years. We spent our 1-night honeymoon at the Sandpiper September 3, 1972, and she surprised me w/your photos last week for our 48th anniversary. We’re both very glad that prompted our discovering GMG and sure appreciate the effort you put into this!