Hundreds of personalized inscribed planks make up this historic boardwalk.
The Sandwich Boardwalk, otherwise known as the “Plank Walk,” is composed of hundreds of inscribed planks.
Stretching over 1,300 feet across a marsh and creek, this boardwalk located in the oldest town on Cape Cod and was originally constructed in 1875 by Gustavus Howland. It was destroyed by Hurricane Bob in 1991 and was reconstructed using donations from community members whose names are inscribed on the individual planks. It was again partially destroyed in 2013 following a serious blizzard.
The boardwalk ends at the dunes that cradle Town Neck Beach. At high tide, beach-goers jump from the boardwalk or kayak into the marsh’s maze of waterways. At low tide, locals often wade into the marsh to dig up clams and mussels with nets.
While the boardwalk is aesthetically pleasing to the overall landscape, it also serves a practical purpose. It helps control beach erosion by allowing visitors to explore the area without trampling fragile beach grass and sand dunes that help maintain the local ecosystem.
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