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Visit Our Historic Houses

Schedule for 2019 Season

Summer 2019

  • June 6 – June 28, both houses open Thursdays and Fridays from 1-4 pm
  • July 5 – August 31, both houses open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 pm. (Please note we are closed the 4th of July.)

Fall 2019  

  • Saturday, September 14, 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, September 28, 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, October 12, 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, October 26, 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, November 9, 1-4 pm (King Caesar only)

Both houses are also available for private tours outside of these hours, please call our office to make a booking, 781-934-6106. Visit our Private Tours & Programs page for more information.

DRHS 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.

Admission Rates

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.

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
  • Make a day of it in Duxbury! DRHS is partnering with Island Creek Oysters Farm Tours to offer a 50% discount to the DRHS historic houses, when you book your Farm Tour. Simply look for your ticket in your gift bag at the end of your tour. See you in Duxbury!

NEW This Year!

  • Special Mini-Exhibition at the Bradford House, Consumed by Disease: Tuberculosis in 19th century Duxbury.
  • Visit King Caesar’s Counting Rooms and an exhibition on the Powder Point School for Boys, a private school located on the King Caesar Estate at the turn of the 20th century.

About Your Visit

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). 

Click here to learn more about the history of The Bradford House.

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!

Click here to learn more about The King Caesar House.

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.

Click here to learn more about the Nathaniel Winsor Jr. House.