Wychmere’s remarkable legacy is embedded into the fabric of Cape Cod. To start at the beginning, we sail back to the late 1800s. Before the 19th century, there was no direct access from Wychmere Harbor to the sea, and the area was known as Salt Water Pond. Resilient Harwich fishermen attempted to create a passage by hand-digging a channel from the pond to the open water. Unfortunately, the result was little more than a trickle of water, hardly enough to carry a boat. Recognizing the futility, they opted to fill the channel and build a 3/4 mile race track around the pond that was used for horse racing.
In 1889, the state dredged a proper channel measuring 100 feet wide with jetties on each side. Upon its completion, the fisherman finally had the safe anchorage they were looking for. Two years later, Levi Edric Snow paid about $250 for a parcel of land at the end on the west side of Salt Water Pond. He built an eight-room seaside cottage for his family that became so well-known that by 1892, he built a 20-room addition and began charging rent to guests. This addition became the acclaimed historic Snow Inn.
In 1913, the hotel became a year-round business. Levi’s grandson Biddie oversaw the hotel’s operations with his wife after eloping on its property. The couple had three sons who would become The Clam Bar’s “Thompson Brothers.” The boys, all over six feet tall, grew up at the Inn, living in a residence built for them near the dock. They called it Hangover Inn or Spit ‘n Whittle.
After World War II, the family expanded into a wholesale seafood business. Line net trawlers began tying up at the dock to have their catch unloaded. The fish, along with clams and lobsters, were packed in ice and shipped to Boston and New York. The endless activity on the waterfront attracted onlookers, who began to ask about buying the seafood right from the dock. Once again, another business was born, with freshly opened clams served from the tops of fishing boxes or barrel heads. When retail sales grew to include lobsters, people asked for them to be cooked and opened. The family responded to the demand and transformed their beloved Spit ’n Whittle into the restaurant that became the much-beloved Clam Bar.
After having delighted guests for decades, the historic Snow Inn closed its doors in 1993. Years later, in 2010, Wychmere’s purpose was renewed. New owners purchased and renovated the entire property to its current splendor while retaining the elegance and class of this distinctive landmark. Wychmere Beach Club & Resort continues to provide an exclusive retreat for guests and serves as a destination wedding location for couples in search of magical moments.
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