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.

View an 8 minute video about our Society.

Museum Hours

The Dottridge Homestead and Museum are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day.

The gift shop's hours are:

Memorial Day to Columbus Day: Friday, 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 Steve Heywood and Bartlett Tree Experts of Centerville for installing our beautiful US and Barnstable 375 flags throughout the village.

2015 Cotuit Chronicles announced!
See our Events page.


We are having Dr. Jonathan Way speak at our HSSC Annual Meeting on the "History of Wolves & Coyotes on Cape Cod".
It will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 7pm at the Cotuit Library. Light refreshments will be served.
This is for Members Only and hopefully we'll attract some new ones to hear Jonathan! Read his bio.

Help us repair our roof! $100/sq. ft.

Read about our Annual Appeal, then donate:


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.


Visit Us

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


Click here for a Google Map


HSSC Board Members

2015 openings exist for Docents and a Development Coordinator. More...

Become an HSSC Member

Sign up for our Email Newsletter:

Join Our Email List

Get up-to-date news on the Museum's upcoming programs and events.
Your information is strictly confidential.