The Nye Family Reunion
The Nye Family of America Association., Inc. holds a reunion for its members every two years at the Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum and adjacent Grange Hall, in East Sandwich, Massachusetts. This event is held on a Saturday alternatively in August and September. The August Reunion allows school-age children to attend.
Typically, there is a morning business meeting, which also serves as the Annual Meeting for that year. There are reports which review the recent activities of the Association, and members are encouraged to speak or make brief presentations. A meal is provided at 1 PM, and there are afternoon and evening programs – a day of fun, friendship and re-acquaintance.
2011 NYE FAMILY REUNION
This year’s Nye Family Reunion was held on at Saturday, September 17th, at the Grange Hall next door to the Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum, 91 Old County Road, East Sandwich, Massachusetts. The Hall was open at 9:00 AM for registration and fellowship, with coffee and doughnuts available. The Business meeting began at 10:00 AM. During the meeting members had an opportunity to share greetings, comments anecdotes or ask questions. At the conclusion of the meeting assembled in front of the Homestead & Museum for a group photo.
We had our 1 PM meal at the AQUA GRILLE restaurant, at 14 Gallo Road in Sandwich, overlooking the Cape Cod Canal and Sandwich Marina.
DIRECTIONS: From the Grange Hall take Old County
Road west 3/4 mile to Route 6A. Continue west on Route 6A towards Sandwich Village about 3 miles. Go through the first traffic light. Take a right onto Tupper Road at the second traffic light. Take the next right onto Town Neck Road, over a Railroad crossing, then left onto Gallo Road. Look for the AQUA GRILLE on the right as you reach the marina.
AQUA GRILLE phone: (508) 888-8889.
AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES: Afternoon time was spent exploring Sandwich Village, with brochures provided for guidance. The Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center is close to the AQUA GRILLE. Displays interpret the history and uses of the canal since it opened in 1914. A map was also provided if people wished to visit the location of Benjamin Nye’s first farm at Spring Hill. The Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum was open until 4:30 PM, and John Cullity was at the Grange Hall to show the mill building or answer questions.
EVENING PROGRAM People returned to the Grange Hall at 7 PM for more fellowship, refreshments, and a talk by local historian and Nye descendant David Crocker on “Stories From the Cape Cod Canal”
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS: Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum (508) 888-4213
Executive Director John Cullity: (508) 888-7629
If you are planning to attend the next reunion, or just planning a visit to the Nye Homestead, we have compiled a list of some nearby