Through the lives of the original owners of these houses, we can also learn much about the history of Wellfleet.
If you would like to support our mission to present the fascinating history of Wellfleet for current and future generations, please consider making a donation to the Wellfleet Historical Society and Museum.
The Annual Meeting of the Society will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 4PM, at the Chequessett Yacht and Country Club. The Annual Meeting is always a fun event, during which we report on the status and goals of the Society and also present the Salt of the Earth and Volunteer of the Year awards to deserving members of our community.
This year we have five intriguing homes for our house tour: two mid-18th century homes that were built by two of the founding families of Wellfleet; a remodel of a mid-20th century home that is an inspired solution to a design challenge; a chapel that is a superb example of Modernist architecture; and a home with one of the most spectacular views in Wellfleet.
Join us for a preview of this season’s new exhibit:
The Children’s Room
A Exhibit of books for kids by Wellfleet’s the mid-century community
A collaboration between the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, the Wellfleet Historical Society and Museum and the Wellfleet Library
Considering Wellfleet’s size, it’s mid 20th century denizens produced an astounding number of excellent books for kids. These include Juliet Kepes’ Caldecott Award winning Five Little Monkeys, over fifty books illustrated by Ati Gropius Johansen, many by the pair of Dorothy Sterling and Winifred Lubell, and a host with illustrations by design icons Ivan Chemayeff and Paul Rand, with his wife, Ann Rand / Ozbekhan. Others creators include, Aylette Jenness, Joanna Fabris, Norma Simon and Xavier Gonzalez.
Members of this group studied and taught at the New Bauhaus, Black Mountain Collage, and other schools that had adopted the principles of the Bauhaus. These books for young people show another way these ideas were transmitted in a joyful and deceptively simple way.
The exhibit includes many books and original illustrations.
The Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum is pleased to offer a one-week course with professional boatbuilder Walter Baron of Old Wharf Dory. Walter will lead students through the construction of a 12’ Bevin Skiff. Workshop participants will work as a team to construct the skiff at Old Wharf Dory’s workshop, 170 Old Chequessett Neck Road, Wellfleet. The skiff will be then raffled off as a fundraiser for the Museum. All students will receive 5 free raffle tickets.
10 am - 4 pm daily
Enrollment limited to 5
Click on the button below to register.
Five remarkable, diverse homes create the constellation of our tour this year, each stopping point revealing a fascinating aspect of Wellfleet’s history and contemporary diversity.
Our sense of “home” expands this year to include the downtown home of the Masons, the handsome Adams Masonic Lodge whose history reaches all the way back to Paul Revere, who made yet another ride to dedicate the building in the 1700s.
Other stops along the way include an historic Banks Street home that once was the local bank, one of the few brick buildings in town that served as home to the local dentist, a beautiful modern reinvention of the classic notion of a seaside cottage, and an eclectic, creative use of the long and skinny woodlot to create a marvelous, comfortable home.
Please note that you must pick up a House Tour Booklet at the Museum on the day of the Tour. Museum staff will have a record of your purchase.