posted on March 20, 2017 13:36
Saquatucket Harbor was dredged from the broad marshes beginning in 1968, and was completed as the Town's municipal marina in 1969 to open in 1970.The building of the man-made harbor was truly a cooperative project between the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard, Commonwealth and Town each contributing shares.
Saquatucket Harbor was named after the native Americans who inhabited this shore from Harwich Port to Brewster on the lands familiar to local historians as the Quason purchase. The photograph taken by harbormaster Tom Leach shows clear evidence of a an existing marsh. In fact, after the aborigine the marshes in this area from Black's Pond to the northeast and Grassy Pond on the northwest to the waters of Nantucket Sound were owned by Andrew Clarke then a local farmer and shepherd who utilized the salt hay of this marsh to keep his herd fed.The river which meandered through the marsh was locally known as Andrews River in his name. This tributary is fed by two brooks. The first on the northwest known as Carding Machine Brook and the second from the northeast which was called Cold Brook. Evidence of an undershot mill built there in 1820 exists on Carding Machine Brook just north of Route 28 where a stone foundation stands on either side.
Saquatucket harbor was dredged from the broad marshes beginning in 1968, and was completed as the Town's municipal marina in 1969 to open in 1970.The building of the man-made harbor was truly a cooperative project between the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard, Commonwealth and Town each contributing shares. Harwich invested $250,000 in the project which has returned millions of dollars over the years.
Tom Leach took over as harbormaster from Rev. Sherrill Smith in May of 1973 and retired on June 21st, 2012. He is followed by Harwich's 5th Harbormaster John Redon.In 1976, the Bourne House which was owned by the Snow Inn was relocated on the property and remodeled as a restaurant by the Brackett Family and has been called Brax Landing ever since, a popular place for family dining. When Thompson's Clam Bar restaurant on Wychmere Harbor closed its doors in 1999, Brax Landing became the only waterview restaurant in the Village. It is very popular for family dining today.
Long before the marsh was dredged for a harbor a neat little wooden bridge jumped the Andrews river where it dumped into the Sound over stoney flats. The little span was known to locals as the Maymar Bridge. (Grandmother's? bridge)