Summer 2021: the King Caesar House will open for museum tours each Friday and select Saturdays.
Tours are limited to 8 people; advanced tickets required, $10/person. As always, regular season King Caesar House tours are free for DRHS Members!
- Tours are offered each Friday, at 1:00 and 2:30 pm.
- Tours are offered on select Saturdays at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm; Saturday tours must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance (by the prior Friday at 1 pm) in order to ensure proper staffing.
Click your desired date and time in the links below to purchase tickets.
Summer 2021: the King Caesar House is open for museum tours each Friday and select Saturdays.
This Federal mansion was built in 1809 for Ezra and Jerusha Weston. Ezra Weston II, was known as “King Caesar” for his worldwide preeminence as a shipbuilder and merchant. Weston’s enterprise dominated Duxbury in the early 19th century with a large portion of the population employed in the Weston shipyards, farms, wharves, mill, ropewalk, or aboard Weston’s fishing schooners and merchant fleet. Ezra Weston’s ship Hope, built in 1841, was then New England’s largest vessel.
The house is presented for tours as it appeared in the 1820s. The house is noted for its rare French scenic wallpapers, portraits of sea captains, and 19th century furnishings. In the 20th century, the house was the headmaster’s house for the Powder Point School for Boys, and later, was the home of Austrian painter Elisabeth-Weber Fulop. On your visit, stop at Bumpus Park across the street, the remnants of King Caesar’s wharf and today a beautiful, waterfront park.
Location: 120 King Caesar Road, Duxbury, Massachusetts. Tours are limited to 8 people; advanced tickets required, $10/person. DRHS Members, free.
Most dates below are regular tours of the historic house and its story. Please note these special themed tours offered this season:
July 9, 2021: Women in the King Caesar House. Led by DRHS Archivist and Historian Carolyn Ravenscroft. From a female head of household, to domestic servants, King Caesar House has been home to many women over the years. This tour will examine some of their lives and occupations. Offered at 1 pm and 2:30 pm; choose July 9 below.
August 13, 2021: New Beginnings at the King Caesar House. Led by DRHS Archivist and Historian Carolyn Ravenscroft. In the late 19th century Duxbury was becoming a popular summer destination and its land was becoming developed. Frederick B. Knapp was at the forefront of these changes, operating the Powder Point School for Boys from the King Caesar House, while buying and selling real estate along the shore. Learn about the life and times of this educator and entrepreneur. Tours are limited to 8 people; advanced tickets required, $10/person; visit our website to purchase. Offered at 1 pm and 2:30 pm; choose August 13 below.
Know Before You Go: Face coverings are required for all unvaccinated staff and visitors; masks are still preferred for the general public. Tour size is limited.