The mission of the Society is to acquire, preserve, interpret and exhibit collections of historical interest to the villages of Cotuit and Santuit and to provide an educational and cultural service to its membership, visitors and the community. The furniture and collections chosen for the Dottridge Homestead are appropriate to the early years of that home (1808-1840).

Founded in 1955, the grounds of the Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit hold the Dottridge Homestead, the Museum and attached Fire Museum, an archive room, a gift shop, the Ice House and Historical Kitchen Gardens. The buildings are open weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Thanksgiving weekend and during Christmas in Cotuit, the first weekend in December. The archives are available for research, and the Homestead and museums are available for private tours by appointment.

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Museum Hours

The Dottridge Homestead and Museum are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day. 2015 SEASON OPENS MAY 22.

Friday - Saturday- Sundays 1-5PM
The Homestead, Museums and Gift Shop will be open each weekend starting May 22

The gift shop's hours are:

Friday - Saturday- Sunday 1-5pm.
The Homestead, Museums and Gift Shop are open each weekend now through Christmas.
Open for special events such as  our "Autumn in Olde Cotuit" Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend, and during Christmas in Cotuit.

New gift items for 2015:
Stemless wine glasses
New assortment of tea towels
Cotuit photos on aluminum media
New note cards and desk pads
Skiff socks
Bogg Beach Bags
1906 Cotuit Maps matted and suitable for framing
Wind chimes
Leslie Spencer "Cotuit Bracelets"

Christmas in Old Cotuit
Saturday December 5

Children's crafts in the Dottridge Homestead from 10-12, followed by a Members' only Holiday Party from 5-7 that evening.

GIFT SHOP has lots of new Cotuit items!

2015 HOURS

HOURS: Friday - Saturday- Sunday 1-5pm.
The Homestead, Museums and Gift Shop are open each weekend now through Christmas.


Our 60th Anniversary Year!


NEW EXHIBIT: History of the Cotuit Post Offices

Come see the 2015 Special Exhibit in the museum which chronicles how Cotuit received its mail dating back to the early 1800s. Read about the many postmasters, their houses, and the intriguing stories that go with them, including the "Great Post Office Fight" as a result of Washington politics.

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Plaques for historic homes are provided by HSSC. Houses must be built before 1900 and visible from the street. There is no charge for the plaques. However, donations are always welcome to cover costs and support our activities. To inquire about a plaque for your home, call 508-681-8261.


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The Historical Society of
Santuit and Cotuit
1148 Main Street,
Cotuit, Massachusetts 02635


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