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 the Brewster Historical Society had indeed purchased the property and promptly got to work with the restoration. I saw that Bob Hoxie of Great Hill Horticultural Services was designing and installing the gardens and I knew that I had to make a trip to see the finished results.
The house is a classic example of georgian architecture with its handsome symmetrical facade, hip roof, quoins on the corner boards, double interior chimneys and pedimented door surround with fanlight, framed by fluted pilasters. By today's standards, the home is reserved, but in the day it was built, there could be no doubt that this was the home of a person of wealth and distinction.
|Reeded hand carving on the mantel|
|back servants stairs|
In the front of the house are double parlors, one on each side of the graceful stairway. The colors used in these rooms and elsewhere in the house are the result of careful research. During the restoration, some paint chips were analyzed and the final colors selected by the curator, Leslie Aberle and the President of the Brewster Historical Society, and noted author, Sally Gunning. The floor boards are painted with California Paints, Wooden Nutmeg. The west parlor is painted Benjamin Moore's Homestead Green, the east parlor in California Paints Woodstock Rose and the trim throughout is in California Paints Phelps Putty. The historical society consulted with Historic New England as well as a private historic preservationist during the restoration.
|Interior Shutters restored and operable|
|East Parlor fireplace|
|East Parlor Victorian era photo courtesy of |
Brewster Historical Society
|Faux wood grain on upstairs bedroom door|
|Detail of stairway in front entry|
|Front door has both faux wood grain and stencil|
|Front door - the progression of locks through the years|
Captain Cobb's granddaughter, Caroline Dugan, features prominently at the Cobb house through the Brewster historical society's collections, including her photographs capturing Brewster in the late 19th century. Caroline was born in the home and, in her early 20's, kept a diary detailing day to day life. A favorite topic in her writings is her charming garden and the abundant nature surrounding her in what was decidedly, the country. Her diary, embellished with her own photography, was published by The Brewster Ladies Library and can be purchased in the gift store. For more on the garden, see my separate post here.
|Exterior gardens inspired by Caroline Dugan's diary|
|Guest house late 19th century repurposing of an older carriage shed|
The property had originally encompassed 92 acres and went right down to Cape Cod Bay. In 1892, it had 12 acres left. Below is an old photo that shows the guest house (above) and highlights the views that the house once had.
|The carriage shed|
Note that the property had views down to Cape Cod Bay
|Great Hill Horticultural Services designed period inspired gardens|
For more info, visit the Brewster Historical Society's website for directions and hours and to view a wonderful video tour: http://www.brewsterhistoricalsociety.org/cobb-house/
The 2017 hours are 1 to 4 PM Wednesday through Saturday, June 28th - September 2nd.
and 1 to 4 PM Saturdays from Labor Day - Columbus Day
The Elijah Cobb House is located at 739 Lower Rd., Brewster, MA