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  • That Cotuit Ghost

    The Barnstable Patriot began production in June of 1830.  The first 100 years are archived and available online at the Sturgis Library's website.  To celebrate Hallowe'en, feast upon this article, printed in the Barnstable Patriot, December 30, 1884 that describes some strange happenings in Cotuit.

    We clip the following ''Ghost Story " from the Boston Daily Globe. On inquiry at Cotuit we learn that the stories reported in the Globe were in circulation in that village about a month ago, and when investigated were found to have no foundation—except in the lively imagination of some few people.— There is no doubt but some evil minded person did throw a stone at the carriage and horse of Mr. Levi P. Nickerson, and it is hoped the scamp may be detected: 
    Cotuit's Mystery."Spirit of Health, or Goblin Damned/'—An Apparition With a Fondness for... read more

  • Open House, Sunday Oct 8th Noon to 2 PM - 11 Water St., Sandwich, MA

    11 Water St., Sandwich, MA, listed by Nancy Muccini, Kinlin Grover
    Offered at $775,000, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths
    Nancy Muccini, a friend and colleague of ours at Kinlin Grover, has this wonderful listing right in the heart of Sandwich village that I'd like to share with you.  The home has a lengthy history, having been built in 1750 by Benjamin Fessenden, Jr. and his sister Ruth, who owned the public house on Main St. (now known as the Dan'l Webster Inn).

    At times, we work with clients who love the history, character-rich exposed beams and stately facade of an historic home, but also prefer the open floor plan and updated systems that come with a newer home.  This house is calling for that buyer!  In 1994, the... read more

  • Historic House For Sale Tour - Judah Baker House

    Judah Baker house, front facade, classic 3/4 cape
    494 Main St., S. Dennis, MA
    3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, 1869 square feet.  Asking price is $425,000

    Today we are going to tour the new listing of our friend and colleague at Kinlin Grover, Cindy Muzyka.  494 Main St., otherwise know as the Judah Baker house, is located in one of the most charming historic villages on the Cape, the South Dennis Historic District.

    The house is a classic 3/4 cape and dates to 1829.  Judah was a housewright, known today as a builder, or more accurately, a carpenter who built homes.  The home has simple but elegantly proportioned rooms and retains much of its early 19th century fabric.

    Large kitchen with lots of... read more

  • Brewster Historical Society's Captain Elijah Cobb House Museum

    When showing historical homes to clients, occasionally one will make such an impression on me, that it will be stuck in my head long after the showing.  The Elijah Cobb house in Brewster was just such a property.  I showed it to a lovely couple in 2013 when it was on the market.  The client, a professional preservationist, and I could not believe how pristine and in tact the house was.  It is unusual for a home to be so remarkably preserved, especially considering its 1799 date.

    At the time, we were told that the Brewster Historical Society was interested in the property and we couldn't imagine a more fitting steward of this important georgian property, built by Captain Elijah Cobb.  Sometime later, I was delighted to hear that... read more

  • Caroline Dugan's beloved gardens at the Cobb House

    Birdbath nestled in the sunflowers
    When Bob Hoxie, owner of Great Hill Horticultural Services, was tasked with designing the gardens for the Brewster Historic Society's Cobb house, he got a little help from a very unlikely source, a previous owner who died in 1941.  Caroline Dugan, the great granddaughter of the shipmaster Elijah Cobb, was born in 1853 in the house now bearing his name and kept a lively diary from 1873 to 1878.

    Circular garden with sun dial
    Generous donations made the garden possible
    In her diary, Caroline celebrates her fondness for nature and for her garden with her many detailed and poetic entries.

    Excerpts taken from "From Painting a Time in text... read more