Cohasset

1810 Capt. John Wilson House

4 Elm Street
Cohasset, MA
781-383-1434

Cohasset Historical Society

Restored with the generousity of Community Preservation Act funding, 1810 Captain John Wilson House located at 4 Elm St., contains period household furnishings and exhibits about 19th century life in Cohasset. Built by David Nichols and purchased soon thereafter by Captain John Wilson, the house remained in the Wilson family until 1912. Through the years the house became a marine supply store, tea room and gift shop, photographer’s studio, candy store until it was given to the Historical Society by William McGaw in 1936 for the Society’s first headquarters and museum. The Wilson House remains the last unaltered example of the 19th century residences that once comprised Cohasset’s center village.

The building is open to the public mid June through August 31st, Wednesday-Friday 1:00-4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm.

 

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Captain John Wilson House, Cohasset, built in 1810.

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Bates Ship Chandlery

Ca. 1760 Maritime Museum

4 Elm Street
Cohasset
(781) 383-1434

Cohasset Historical Society

The Bates Ship Chandlery was
constructed in the mid-18th century by Samuel Bates, a prominent captain and businessman. The Bates Ship Chandlery outfitted Bates’ fleet of schooners as well as other vessels and supplied the families of sailors and others with a variety of dry goods. In 1957, the two-story, wood-framed, clapboard building was moved to Elm Street. The Bates Chandlery, also known as the Maritime Museum,  was subsequently restored and now houses a collection of artifacts and artwork  related to Cohasset’s long history as a maritime-centered community.

The building is open mid June through August 31st.

Bates Ship Chandler, Cohasset, built in 1760.

Bates Ship Chandler, Cohasset, built in 1760.

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1903 Paul Pratt Building

Cohasset Historical Society Headquarters

106 So. Main Street
Cohasset, MA
781-383-1434

Cohasset Historical Society

Designed by Edward Nichols, a Cohasset native and Boston architect, the Pratt Building was built in 1903 to provide Cohasset with a central library building for both the private Paul Pratt Memorial Library and the town’s Cohasset Free Public Library. The walls of the rotunda are noteworthy for holding four large murals painted by prominent Cohasset artist MacIvor Reddie. The murals depict scenes of the town’s history from Captain John Smith’s arrival in 1614 to the peak years of Cohasset’s maritime era in the 1850s.

Now housing the Historical Society’s extensive archives, library, historic costumes and textiles, and other collections, the Pratt Building is open to the public year-round, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

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Paul Pratt Building, Cohasset, MA built in 1903

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