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Thornton W. Burgess Museum

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At the Thornton W. Burgess Museum you can see original manuscripts by Thornton W. Burgess, author of Peter Cottontail and illustrations by Harrison Cady, which bring to literature many of the animals found in Briar Patch and the forests of Sandwich. The museum carries on the conservation work of Burgess, the renowned Sandwich resident, author and naturalist. Don’t miss a stroll through the Tussie Mussie herb garden and beautiful views of historic Shawme Pond. The museum is open from late-May to mid-October and is part of the Thornton W. Burgess Society which also maintains the Green Briar Nature Center featuring interpretive trails, wildflower gardens and natural history programs for all ages. The Green Briar Jam Kitchen built in 1903, is a living museum where you can take part in jam-making workshops, or purchase goodies from the gift shop. Adjacent to the Center is the 57-acre Briar Patch Conservation Area. Walking trails are open to the public and if you’re lucky, you might even see Peter Rabbit.

4 Water Street
Sandwich, MA
(508) 888-4668

Green Briar Nature Center
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA


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