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Image of Myles Standish Hotel and Standish Shore

Large waterfront hotel with bathing houses, boats and dock, monument in background.Myles Standish Hotel and Standish Shore, circa 1880
Ink on paper
DRHS Collection, 2012.012

This is a copy of a late 19th century trade card of the Myles Standish Hotel. The background showcases the hotel and the Myles Standish Monument while the foreground shows the Duxbury Yacht Club and the Standish Spring, from which the hotel’s water was supplied. Though named the Myles Standish Hotel, the property was actually on original William Brewster land. The Standish Shore Company felt that the Standish name was more recognizable to tourists visiting Duxbury.

In 1871, a group of Boston entrepreneurs formed the Standish Shore Company and built a hotel known as the Standish House, later known as the Myles Standish Hotel. They also laid out plans for a large development of cottages around the hotel, only a portion of which came to fruition. The hotel, however, was tremendously popular, attracting visitors from Boston, New York and beyond. The hotel featured a golf course, daily concerts, weekly balls, and hosted regattas.


Advertisement for the Myles Standish Hotel, South Duxbury, Mass.

Related Object: Myles Standish Spring Hotel advertisement, circa 1880
Ink on paper
DRHS Collection, DAL.SMS.090

This advertisement was in A Trip Around Cape Cod: The South Shore and Historical Plymouth published in 1898 and written by Ezra G. Perry, who had a home on Depot St. The ad mentions that the hotel includes one of “the finest hotel golf-links in New England.” The proprietors listed, L. Boyer & Sons, took control of the hotel in 1894 and began attracting New Yorkers as well as Bostonians to their thriving seaside oasis.


Two women in antique dresses with their backs to camera, on wooden walk, hotel in background.Related Object: Women at Myles Standish Hotel pier, 1899, Albumen print, DRHS Collection, DAL.MSS.031

This photograph is from a scrapbook owned by Edith Gay Bittinger (1874-1970) who spent a summer on Standish Shore at 241 Marshall St. (then called Columbus Ave.) in Duxbury with friends from Ratcliffe College. This photo shows two girls arm and arm walking up the 400’ pier toward the Myles Standish Hotel, with the famed spring on the left and the Duxbury Yacht Club on the right.  Edith would go on to marry Charles Bittinger in 1904 and eventually live in the Gamaliel Bradford House on Tremont St.


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