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A New Home for The Brewster Historical Society?

The Brewster Historical Society is on the cusp of the most exciting prospect in our fifty year history. Yes, it’s been fifty years in one borrowed home or another, and after fifty years we’ve outgrown our current museum building at 3171 Main Street. Cobb House This building is owned but not maintained by the town and sits on conservation land, making any further investment in this property inadvisable. We desperately need more space to display our growing collections, and in this our fiftieth year, an opportunity has come our way that we don’t feel we or the community should allow to pass by.

The Elijah Cobb House at 739 Lower Rd. has been offered for sale. Brewster, the Sea Captain’s Town, doesn’t currently offer a single sea captain’s home that is accessible to the public, and The Brewster Historical Society would like to change that, while at the same time assuring the preservation of this historic property and securing a permanent home – at long last -- for our museum and our collections. The house is in excellent condition and the Society is fiscally sound, with a healthy cash reserve that we would dedicate to the maintenance of this building. Our funds are not sufficient, however, for the purchase of the property. We are currently – and with an early encouraging response – seeking grant funding from the Community Preservation Committee, as well as funding from two large state matching grant foundations – the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Our difficulty is this – these grants will at best fund two-thirds of the monies needed for this project. They will, however, match fifty percent of the donations we receive. They will count pledged funds as evidence of community support, and those funds will help us realize our dream, but they will not be matched with state dollars.

What we’re asking of you is one of two things – a tax deductible donation for acquisition and set up of a new museum building, whether the Captain Elijah Cobb House or, if this doesn’t come to pass, another new museum building. (We will keep looking!) Or you may pledge funds to be redeemed at the time of purchase. We need the help of our friends – you -- today.

You may make your donation online

or download and print a pledge form
by clicking here >>.

To indicate this is a memorial donation,
click on "Add special instructions to seller" on payment page.

You may also mail your donation or pledge 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.

If you aren’t already familiar with Captain Elijah Cobb click here to read more > >
or drive by 739 Lower Road to view his lovely home – we’re sure you’ll be as smitten as we are.

Thank you, Sally Gunning
Coordinator of The Brewster Historical Society Museum Acquisition Committee


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.