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.
The Dottridge Homestead and Museum are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. After that, open Saturday and Sunday through Columbus Day. Then open only Thanksgiving weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Christmas in Cotuit.
The gift shop's hours are:
May 24th to Labor Day: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Labor Day to Columbus Day: Saturday & Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Open for special events such as OctoberFest, Thanksgiving Weekend, and during Christmas in Cotuit.
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May 1 HISTORICAL BOOK CLUB,
7 pm Cotuit Library
The May selection is “The Presidents Club” by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. From Amazon: “The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor.
Sunday, May 18
Annual Meeting at 2 pm at the Cotuit Library. Entertainment is by the Rum Soaked Crooks.
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 508-428-7731.