The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society

Historic Houses

2018 Season Information (July 5-August 31):

Both houses are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12-5 pm from July 5 through the end of August.

Select Saturdays will be open during fall 2018:

Saturday, September 1 (Labor Day weekend), 12-4

Saturday, October 13 (DRHS Maritime Festival), 10-3

Saturday, November 10 (Veteran’s Day weekend), 12-4

Update (11/6/18): the unheated Bradford House will not be open on Nov. 10 – it’s just too cold! King Caesar will be open as scheduled.

The houses are available for tours outside of these hours; please contact our office to book your private tour.


Admission Rates for Both Houses:

Admission for one house: $6 pp (adults); $4 pp (seniors/students); children under 6 are free.

Discounted combo ticket to visit both houses: $10 pp (adults); $6 (seniors/students); children under 6 are free. Redeem your ticket during any regular house season hours. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts.

DRHS Members always enjoy free admission during the regular house season, as a benefit of membership. Free Fridays for Duxbury residents.


Ways to Save: 

FREE FRIDAYS for Duxbury Residents (proof of residency may be required).

AAA: $1 off single-house admission for AAA Members.

Blue Star Museums: free admission for Active Duty Military, members of the Reserves & National Guard, and their families.

Free admission extended to AAM, NEMA and other affiliated professionals.

DRHS is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM) and offers free admission to card holders.

We participate in EBT Card to Culture, offering free admission to card holders.

Become a DRHS Member! Free admission, always: Sign Up Online

GROUP TOURS: Friends & Family Tours are perfect for your club, organization, or even your family! Enjoy a private tour of either house with a private tour guide; also available outside of regular public hours. Please call our office to make a reservation. Tour Minimum: $25.


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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:

New for 2018:

Women at Sea: “Reclaimed Histories” Temporary Exhibit, 2018 at the Bradford House. Highlighting more than 20 women with Duxbury ties who voyaged with their master mariner husbands. Each summer a new, lesser known story will be told at the Bradford House through objects and archival material in our collection. This endeavor is part of the project to #ReimagineBradford and reclaim forgotten histories.

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). 

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 and Caesar’s Croquet are offered. More information on the house available at:

New for 2018: 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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