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Purchase and Sale Agreement Signed!!!!!

Cobb House

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 $1,000,000 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 brewsterhistoricalsociety@comcast.net 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

Brewster Historical Society sign

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!



Modeled on the circa 1799 Captain Elijah Cobb House, this custom-crafted doll house was donated to The Brewster Historical Society by Cape Associates, to be raffled as a fundraiser.


          **Tickets $10 each or 3 for $25**


Tickets may be purchased at:
The Brewster Historical Society Museum, 3171 Main Street, May 3rd, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays June 26 through August 30; Saturdays thru Oct. 11 – 1- 4 PM. The dollhouse will be on display on those dates.
The Brewster Store, 1935 Main Street. The dollhouse will be on display May 5 –June 24.
The Village Toy Store, 1069 Main Street.
The Brewster Bookstore, 2648 Main Street.
Drummer Boy Park, 773 Main Street during The Brewster Historical Society Antiques Fair June 28th 9 AM – 4 PM, Conservation Day July 12 9:30 AM to 3 PM, and The Brewster Historical Society Flea Markets Mondays in July and August 9 AM -3 PM. The dollhouse will be on display at all those events.


The winning ticket will be drawn at
The Brewster Historical Society Museum
Open House Oct. 11th 1 - 4 PM

At Windmill Village

Drummer Boy Park

773 Main Street
(Route 6A - West Brewster).

Higgins Farm Windmill

Higgins Farm Windmill

A restored 18th century windmill.

Harris Black house

Harris-Black House

An 18th century house.

Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmith Shop

Originally built in 1867 by Henry Hopkins
on his property on Long Pond Road.


Last February, a local realtor hammered a “For Sale” sign on Main Street just west of Drummer Boy Park. It was a new listing for a 1- acre, ready-to go-building lot right next to Brewster Conservation Trust’s Windmill Meadows and Brewster Historical Society’s Windmill Village. Asking price – $175,000. Immediately, the Brewster Conservation Trust saw the opportunity to save the whole sweep of meadow in front of the windmill. They couldn’t take the chance that someone else would buy it and build a big house on this historic property - blocking forever the open view to the windmill and the Bay. The Brewster Historical Society urges its members and visitors to support this purchase by going to www.brewsterconservationtrust.org and making a donation.
Thank you.

"My Favorite Brewster Memory" Writing Contest

Favorite Brewster memory To celebrate our 50th anniversary The Brewster Historical Society is sponsoring a writing contest, open to all ages: "My Favorite Brewster Memory," 250 word limit, deadline July 31, 2014. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize and publication of their essay in the fall 2014 newsletter. Please include your name, address, age, email, and phone number with your submission. Mail your submission to: Brewster Historical Society, PO Box 1146, Brewster, MA 02631, or email as an attachment to: www.brewsterhistoricalsociety.org, "My Favorite Brewster Memory" in subject line.


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.

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We are an all volunteer Society, currently looking for:

We are an all-volunteer Society, looking to fill the following positions:


The Brewster Historical Society is looking for two board members, one to serve as coordinator of the financial branch of our fundraising (an events coordinator is already in place) and one to serve as corresponding secretary, in charge of minimal organization correspondence. (A recording secretary is already in place). If interested, please contact The Brewster Historical Society: Phone: 508-896-9521 Email: brewsterhistoricalsociety@comcast.net


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.


To volunteer or for more information please contact BHS 508-896-9521 or email at brewsterhistoricalsociety@comcast.net.