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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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 our "Autumn in Olde Cotuit" Fall Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend, and during Christmas in Cotuit.
Thank you to Osterville Garden Club and Keith Stevens of Country Gardens for the donation of 3 Red Twig Dogwood trees and 5 Inkberry shrubs on Arbor Day.
Purchase "Taste" tickets now online!
See our EVENTS page.
Cotuit celebrates Barnstable's 375th
with events all summer!
See our Events page poster!
Strawberry Festival. See photo gallery.
July 17 HISTORICAL BOOK CLUB, 7 pm Cotuit Library (note change of date)
Our July book selection is No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
From Amazon: “Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin’s marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor’s life as First Lady, and FDR’s White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.”
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.