Programs & Events
HSSC provides programs and sponsors events that promote the spirit and culture of the village of Cotuit.
Our popular lecture series is held on the third Thursday of every month on themes of historical and cultural interest to the community of Cotuit as well as Cape Cod. All are welcome to attend!
Each year HSSC awards a scholarship to a Barnstable student for assistance in their college journey. Criteria for the Ken Ballou Memorial Scholarship include residency in Cotuit or the Town of Barnstable, excellent academic credentials, an interest in history, and a strong sense of community spirit.
Historical Plaque Program
Established in 2009, the Historic Plaque Program displays plaques on Cotuit's oldest homes. Houses built prior to 1900, viewable from the street, and that have not been drastically remodeled are eligible for a historic plaque.
Cotuit Port Walking Tours
Come explore Cotuits nooks and crannies in old Cotuit Port this summer. This one mile walk will take you past over 40 historic homes. Leader Tom Burgess will share anecdotes on Cotuit's many historic properties.
Tours will start at 10AM on the following Sunday mornings:
Sunday July 9
Sunday, September 10
Tours start and end at Lowell Field.
HSSC Members.: FREE
Non members: $10.
Historical Book Club
Everyone is welcome to join the always interesting discussions at the Historical Book Club, which meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Cotuit Library at 7 pm.
Kick off the summer season with our annual Strawberry Festival. This fun family event features delicious strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream served up by our wonderful volunteers.
Saturday, June 10 from 11AM to 3PM at the Dottridge Homestead..
Homecoming / Annual Meeting
Celebrate the summer solstice and welcome back friends for the season with an evening of wine and cheese and music.
HSSC Annual Meeting. will take place under the tent.
Members and their guests are welcome.
Thursday, June 22 from 6-8PM at the Dottridge Homestead..
Taste of Cotuit
Enjoy an evening of fine wines and delicious food from our community eateries. Our signature event also features a wine raffle, silent auction and live music. The proceeds from the Taste benefit the HSSC Scholarship Fund and Programming.
The event be held Saturday, July 29 from 6PM to 8PM at the Dottridge Homestead. Follow the link below for more information.
Tickets will be on sale starting in June.
Autumn in Olde Cotuit
Our annual fall festival is held the last Saturday in September. This educational event features local artisans demonstrating 19th century crafts including rug hooking, spinning, weaving, and quilting. Cooking over the open Hearth is demonstrated in the Homestead in addition to open air cooking and crafts by members of the Wampanoag tribe.
Burgers, brats and beer will be for sale. as well as the DELICIOUS home made pies will be available for purchase by the slice.
September 23 from 11AM to 3PM at the Dottridge Homestead.
Rain Date will be September 24..
Holidays at the Homestead
Christmas in Cotuit, the first weekend in December is a busy one at HSSC! Children come back year after year to make a Christmas ornament at the Children's Craft Session, the Gift Shop is busy, and Holiday Party is held in the beautifully decorated Homestead on Saturday night for all our supporters.
Gift Shop: Holiday Hours::
Black Friday: Nov 24:: 11 AM - 5 PM
Christmas in Cotuit: Saturday Dec 2: 10 AM - 4 PM
Gift Shop is open every Friday, Sat, Sun until Dec. 24. 1-5 PM
Children;s Holiday Crafts:: 10 AM - 12 PM
December 2at the Dottridge Homestead. Children's Crafts
HSSC Holiday Party : 5 PM to 8 PM.
By invitation only for our wonderful supporters.