The ancestors of the Snow family were one of the seven families to settle Eastham and its offshoot, Orleans. Since 1644, the Snow families have served the town, both in government and business, a tradition that continues today.
In the 1870s, Captain Aaron Snow transported coal, grain, and other items along the eastern coast aboard the merchant ship Nettie M. Rogers. He first conducted business from a shed and wharf he owned on Town Cove. Captain Aaron’s son and daughter-in-law, William and Annie Snow, established the first official Snow’s store in 1887.
Since these early days, local folklore maintained that, when in need of something, you could generally “find it at Snow’s.” And it’s no different today. The business is now run by the family’s 5th and 6th generations, who continue Aaron’s philosophy of “accommodating customers” – well over a century after it all began.
“Anything people needed, and no one else was doing… we did.”
– Harry Snow, as quoted in The Cape Codder, August 1967
The Snow family are direct descendants of Stephen Hopkins, whose family arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. Click here to learn more about their lineage.