The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society

Historic Houses

The Historic Houses will reopen for the regular summer season in July 2019. Please check here for updates. The houses are available off-season for private tours. Please call our office at 781-934-6106 to make arrangements. Thank you for your interest.

 

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The Re-imagined Bradford House

931 Tremont Street

The Bradford House features the exhibition, Four Bradford Daughters: Lives Well Lived. Contemplate the tumultuous changes of the 19th century, as experienced by the Bradford women.

The exhibition is a self-touring, gallery style installation in the family home. Tour guides are available for more information, or just for a chat! The exhibitions feature family-friendly and hands-on activities. An introductory video is available. More information on the house available at: http://duxburyhistory.org/historic-houses/bradford-house/.

In 2018, the DRHS received an Award of Merit (Leadership in History Award) for the project to “Re-imagine Bradford,” from the American Association of State & Local History (AASLH). #ReimagineBradford

The Bradford House is not handicap accessible; there are uneven pathways as well as entry stairs. Accommodations can be made to give the tours on the first floor only. Parking for the Bradford House is available off of Tremont Street; an additional lot is available off of Harrison street (use caution: this is a dirt road). 

 

 

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King Caesar House

120 King Caesar Road

A guide-led experience through the home of Ezra Weston II (“King Caesar”), Duxbury’s largest shipbuilder, furnished with antiques and maritime treasures exemplifying Duxbury’s shipbuilding era. Introductory video is available. Stroll the grounds, including the remnants of King Caesar’s wharf, now called Bumpus Park. Introductory video available; family treasure hunts are offered. More information on the house available at: http://duxburyhistory.org/historic-houses/king-caesar-house/.

View the newly installed first floor bedchamber and see King Caesar’s Counting Rooms, now installed in the Potter Gallery. Caesar’s Counting Rooms were the heart of his business and an important addition to the historic house experience.

The King Caesar House is not handicap accessible; there are uneven pathways as well as entry stairs. Accommodations can be made to give the tours on the first floor only. Parking for King Caesar House is available in the house’s driveway or along the water side of King Caesar Road. If you park in the driveway, please be sure to keep accessibility clear as this is a drive shared with neighbors. Thank you!

 

 

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Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House

479 Washington Street

The Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House, DRHS Headquarters, is open year round. Administrative hours are 9:30 am – 2:30 pm (M-Th). The first floor is open to the public, free of charge, and is self-touring. The first floor is handicap accessible.

Please note: the office is closed regular bank holidays, and for vacation during the week from Christmas to New Year’s. Because we are a small staff, we encourage you to call before visiting, to ensure someone is in the office.

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