Purchase and Sale Agreement Signed!!!!!
The Brewster Historical Society is in the midst of a sea change. We have a signed purchase and sale agreement to buy the Captain Elijah Cobb House at 739 Lower Road!!! Our task now is to raise enough money to allow us to complete the purchase, restore the house, comply with ADA requirements, upgrade our exhibits, and establish an endowment for the museum going forward!!! We need your help now!
The Historical Society, an all-volunteer organization, has, for its entire fifty year existence, been housed on one borrowed home after another, including our current one at 3171 Main Street, which we have now outgrown.
When the Elijah Cobb House came on the market last winter it was a dream come true. This classic “square-rigger” is a beautiful example of a circa 1799 sea captain’s house, complete with widow’s walk, and has a storied past (click here to read more). The house is in need of repair and restoration, but its bones are good. When the work is complete, this historic house will become a much-needed permanent home for Brewster’s historical treasures, and the only sea captain’s home in the Sea Captain’s Town open to the general public.
At their annual meeting the Town of Brewster approved a Community Preservation Act grant of $350,000. Our spring fundraising appeal, conducted when the purchase was just a hope, raised another $100,000, bringing in over 500 donations from $5.00 to $5,000.00. What an amazing beginning!
Now that the dream is on the cusp of reality, the fundraising begins in earnest.
You may make your donation online by clicking here
Please consider an automatic monthly donation tailored to YOUR Budget – on next page click on “make this recurring,” and the amount you enter will be automatically charged to your credit card each month.
(To indicate this is a memorial donation, click on
"Add special instructions to seller" on payment page).
Or download and print a mail-in form clicking here >>
Mail your check contribution, made payable to The Brewster Historical Society, to New Home Fund, The Brewster Historical Society, PO Box 1146, Brewster, MA 02631.
If you’d like more information, please feel free to email us at email@example.com or call 508-896-9521.
P.S. -- If you aren’t already familiar with the Captain Elijah Cobb House drive,
by 739 Lower Road – we’re sure you’ll be as smitten as we are.
The Brewster Historical Society thanks you.
The Brewster Historical Society, established in 1964, collects and preserves the artifacts and history of Brewster to ensure their future accessibility. Its main building houses four permanent galleries, a special exhibition gallery and an extensive documents research area accessible by appointment. The Society also maintains a restored 18th century windmill and house and a blacksmith shop at Windmill Village on the grounds of Drummer Boy Park.
At the Museum
3171 Main St. (Rt. 6A - East Brewster)
Located in a mid-19th C homestead, the main building houses four permanent galleries, a special exhibits gallery
and archives which are available to researchers.
By appointment, during winter months. Air Conditioned.
Click here to visit our exhibits page!
All Brewster Historical Society buildings are open:
1pm - 4pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday,
June 26 - August 30.
1pm - 4pm Saturdays through October 11th!
Open by appointment for bus tours and research.
The Brewster Historical Society is looking for a board member. If interested, please contact The Brewster Historical Society: Phone: 508-896-9521 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift shop manager and Museum Greeters – This is a friendly, relaxed three hours on a summer day for however many days you care to share. Two docents are scheduled per three-hour shift, 1-4 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday late June through early September and during special events throughout the year. Duties include welcoming visitors, manning the cash box for gift shop sales, and answering or directing questions regarding our offerings here at the Museum. Orientation /training provided.
What one of our Greeters has to say about this rewarding experience:
As a history teacher, who had summered in Brewster since 1987 and retired here in 2009, volunteering at the Brewster Historical Society seemed to be a "natural fit." In fact, when I agreed to be a Saturday docent at the BHS Museum last summer, I thought docency would provide an opportunity to share my knowledge and love of history with others. But being a docent at the Museum has been so much more; I have had the opportunity not only to learn so much history of Brewster and the Cape, but also to meet and share information (historical and otherwise) with other BHS members and with many interesting visitors from the Cape and places throughout the world. Read more >>
Windmill Guides - at Windmill Village, Drummer Boy Park. This is a delightful way to spend a spring, summer, or fall afternoon, greeting visitors and giving them a brief tour of the mill, 1-4 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday late June through early September and during special events throughout the year. The demand for mill visits is high, and the more millers we get the longer into the season we can extend our hours. Again, you may volunteer for as few or as many three-hour shifts as you can spare. Orientation/training provided.
volunteers to help with painting and other maintenance at Windmill Village.
To volunteer or for more information please contact BHS 508-896-9521 or email at email@example.com.