1810 Capt. John Wilson House
4 Elm Street
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 June 16th until September 1st: Wednesday thru Friday 1:00 until 4:00 pm; Saturday 10 am until 2:00 pm.
Bates Ship Chandlery
Ca. 1760 Maritime Museum
4 Elm Street
The Bates Ship Chandlery was
The building is open June 16th until September 1st: Wednesday thru Friday 1:00 until 4:00 pm; Saturday 10 am until 2:00 pm. NOTE (11/17): closed for a restoration project, courtesy of Community Preservation Act funding, and may not be open in June.
1903 Paul Pratt Building
Cohasset Historical Society Headquarters
106 So. Main Street
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.