Founded in 1837 in Boston, Pairpoint Glassworks (then known as the Mt. Washington Glass Company) began creating beautiful works of art. From Boston, to New Bedford and followed by one more move to Sagamore, the company continued to create original pieces of hand-designed, made and blown glass. Today, Pairpoint is the oldest operating glass works factory and showroom in the country, still offering visitors the chance to see glass blowers in action. On your Cape Cod vacation, head into Sagamore, Massachusetts to purchase a souvenir from your trip.
The store is filled with a variety of glass pieces, which are said to have been created starting with just a handful of sand. Works from this shop have ended up in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Plus they were the first to form the famous “puffies,” Lava, Peachglow and Satin glass. High end stores like Tiffany’s and Shreve, Crump & Lowe feature Pairpoint glass and crystal as well.
Since 1974, Pairpoint has been adding to their pressed cup plates collections, with over 100 different patterns available today. Locals love coming in to see which ones they don’t have yet and adding to their own collections. Patrons also can’t get enough of the Witch Balls. In the 18th century, it is said the these hollow glass balls were hung up to protect the home from witch’s spells and evil spirits, which were attracted to the colors of the balls but then trapped inside the webs in the glass. Today people purchase them in various sizes and still believe they will capture bad spirits or thoughts in the home. Visitors also love the selections of cranberry glass, since Pairpoint is one of the last US companies to make it.
Pairpoint is a family friendly place to visit, and welcomes guests of all ages. They welcome children and parents who wish to find out how their glass is made in the factory and then to check out their store. You may even have a chance to meet Tom Fiocco, the Owner and President of Pairpoint Glass, to ask any questions or get help picking out the perfect piece.
Pick up a vase made of colors of the Cape or get a fish or whale shaped sculpture to remember your visit. They even have Cape Cod lighthouse plates if you want to really get something to commemorate one of the local landmarks you enjoyed seeing.