Cohasset Historical Society

Cohasset Historical Society The Cohasset Historical Society
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Incorporated originally as an outgrowth of the Committee On Town History, the Cohasset Historical Society has been collecting, safeguarding and exhibiting artifacts relating to Cohasset's historic past since 1928. Headquartered at 106 S. Main St. in the town's original 1903 library, the Society operates two additional seasonal museums in the center of town. The ca. 1760 Bates Ship Chandlery houses our Maritime Museum and the 1810 Captain John Wilson House interprets life in Cohasset during the 1800s. Our society has a significant collection of clothing and textiles dating from the 1700’s throughout the mid 1900’s. The Society’s Helen Howes Vosoff collection of theatrical artifacts records the history of summer performing arts in Cohasset from its start in the 1800’s to its present day South Shore Music Circus.

Mission: The Cohasset Historical Society's mission is to collect, preserve, and present the history of Cohasset through acquisitions, exhibitions, research, events and programs on local and regional history.

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10/21/2019

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Happening now until 4:00 — come see what your family treasures are worth!  Beechwood Meetinghouse! 51 Church Street — Co...
10/19/2019

Happening now until 4:00 — come see what your family treasures are worth! Beechwood Meetinghouse! 51 Church Street — Cohasset

Join the Cohasset Historical Society to discover what your vintage items and collectibles are worth at our Antiques Appr...
10/02/2019

Join the Cohasset Historical Society to discover what your vintage items and collectibles are worth at our Antiques Appraisal Weekend October 19-20.

We are getting ready!   Come by the Maritime building in the Village for craft beer and oysters!!  We will start pouring...
09/13/2019

We are getting ready! Come by the Maritime building in the Village for craft beer and oysters!! We will start pouring and shucking tomorrow at 4:00 — Make this the first stop of the evening!!

#untoldbrewery, #islandcreekoysters, #everybodywater, #cohassethistoricalsociety

Don't miss out!  Craft Beer and Oysters at our Maritime Museum in the Village 4:00 pm this Saturday!  $100 donation per ...
09/09/2019

Don't miss out! Craft Beer and Oysters at our Maritime Museum in the Village 4:00 pm this Saturday! $100 donation per person.

Reservations: 781-383-1434 or www.CohassetHistoricalSociety.org

In addition to entry to this unique fundraiser, your ticket entitles you to one free dessert at the Red Lion Inn or Atla...
08/13/2019

In addition to entry to this unique fundraiser, your ticket entitles you to one free dessert at the Red Lion Inn or Atlantica on the day of the event.

"When the Witches Came to Town" rescheduled.  Reminder:  admission is cash only, and reservations recommended: 781-383-1...
08/05/2019

"When the Witches Came to Town" rescheduled.

Reminder: admission is cash only, and reservations recommended: 781-383-1434

07/19/2019

**EVENT NOTICE**

Due to the broiling temperatures predicted for the weekend, we are cancelling the Eastwick Walk and we will reschedule for another day in August or September. Stay tuned!

07/17/2019

Limited Spots Available! RSVP today!

Join David Fresina and the Cohasset Historical Society on a walking tour this Sunday!
Award-winning documentarian David Fresina will guide a group, stopping at each filming location of the 1987 movie The Witches of Eastwick in downtown Cohasset. Fresina wrote and directed When the Witches Came to Town, a retrospective that details the experiences and memories Cohasset residents during the filming.

Admission is $10, cash only . There are only 40 spots available on the tour so please make reservations soon by calling the Cohasset Historical Society at 781-383-1434. Admission can be paid at the door or in advance at the Cohasset Historical Society at 106 South Main Street.

Please be mindful that this is a walking tour so seating will not be available. Sneakers or other appropriate footwear are suggested.

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05/30/2019

Photos from Cohasset Historical Society's post

The Cohasset 250th Anniversary Committee and the Cohasset Historical Society are happy to announce a forthcoming publica...
05/22/2019

The Cohasset 250th Anniversary Committee and the Cohasset Historical Society are happy to announce a forthcoming publication highlighting houses and structures in town dating from 1695 to 1870. Do you live in or own one of these gems? We are looking for early photographs, architectural records or other interesting information about these properties and their earlier owners. If you have something to share with us, please contact Lynne DeGiacomo at 781-383-1434 or [email protected].

05/10/2019
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New Exhibit:  "Signs, Signs, everywhere a sign..."*The new exhibit at the Pratt Building includes 35 signs from the Soci...
04/22/2019

New Exhibit: "Signs, Signs, everywhere a sign..."*

The new exhibit at the Pratt Building includes 35 signs from the Society's collection, augmented by a few special signs graciously loaned solely for the exhibit. Many of the signs have been in the collection for decades, others are more recent acquisitions.

For many of us, the signs evoke memories of the Cohasset of our youth. For others, they represent places only known from stories or photographs.

Here are a few examples of what you’ll see when you visit the Pratt Building.

*From the song, Signs by Les Emmerson

04/18/2019

Upcoming Lecture
By William L. McKeen
April 24, 2019
Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

Thompson was best known for his Rolling Stone articles in the 1970s, covering the campaigns of Nixon and McGovern, and his books, Hell's Angels and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Chair of the Department of Journalism, Boston University, McKeen also has written books about American popular culture that include Key West, Highway 61, California music of the 1960's and biographies of the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Tom Wolfe.

7:00 PM Light Refreshments
7:30 PM Lecture

Beechwood Meetinghouse and Museum
51 Church Street
Suggested Donation: $5.00

Upcoming events at the Cohasset Historical Society:
04/05/2019

Upcoming events at the Cohasset Historical Society:

The sweetest kind of sea glass for your sweetheart!  Sea glass candy is an old Cohasset tradition and sure to please the...
02/11/2019

The sweetest kind of sea glass for your sweetheart! Sea glass candy is an old Cohasset tradition and sure to please the pickiest of Valentines!

Come see all of our gift offerings at the Historical Society Headquarters: The Pratt Building, 106 South Main Street

(7810)383-1434

More Valentine gifts at the Historical Society!!   Come in and browse our selection of surprises for your Cohasset Sweet...
02/09/2019

More Valentine gifts at the Historical Society!! Come in and browse our selection of surprises for your Cohasset Sweetie. These cute assorted succulents in heart and wine containers are just some of what we have in store.

The Pratt Building, 106 South Main Street
(718)383-1434

Look no further!  We have the perfect gift for your Cohasset Valentine.  You know he or she would love a Minot Light mug...
02/06/2019

Look no further! We have the perfect gift for your Cohasset Valentine. You know he or she would love a Minot Light mug full of chocolates. Get some sweets for your sweetie in a mug adorned with the 143 "I love you" lighthouse. Come browse our gift shop for these and other heart warming gifts!

The Pratt Building, 106 South Main Street

Need a special surprise or a  housewarming gift for that Cohasset-lover on your list?  Come see us at our Pratt Building...
12/10/2018

Need a special surprise or a housewarming gift for that Cohasset-lover on your list?

Come see us at our Pratt Building Headquarters (106 South Main Street) We are open weekdays from 10:00 to 4:00!!

A collection of Cohasset's fire trucks, from oldest to newest, will be on display today at our Beechwood Meetinghouse an...
12/02/2018

A collection of Cohasset's fire trucks, from oldest to newest, will be on display today at our Beechwood Meetinghouse and Museum Open House from 1:00 to 4:00. There will be treats for young and old!!

On this "Giving Tuesday," please consider a donation to the Society. This year is our 90th Anniversary.  Since 1928 the ...
11/27/2018

On this "Giving Tuesday," please consider a donation to the Society. This year is our 90th Anniversary. Since 1928 the Cohasset Historical Society has gathered, restored, protected and shared a vast collection from Cohasset's past, including four historical buildings. We rely on the generosity of our members and friends to continue this work.

Follow the link below. Thank you.

http://www.cohassethistoricalsociety.org/donation-

Come visit the new Beechwood Meetinghouse and Museum during our Holiday Open House! We will have our gorgeously resorted...
11/26/2018

Come visit the new Beechwood Meetinghouse and Museum during our Holiday Open House! We will have our gorgeously resorted hand tub fire pumpers on display, as well as a 1950's Cohasset fire truck and the town's brand new engine. There will also be treats and give-aways for the kids!

Cohasset Master Plan
11/11/2018

Cohasset Master Plan

Get to Know Cohasset!

Happy Veterans Day to everyone!

At the intersection of Beechwood Street and Norman Todd Road, there is a very special park honoring part of Cohasset's history: Norman Todd Park. The people of Cohasset donated it in honor of Norman (Mac) MacIntosh Todd of Jerusalem Road in 1948. Mac was a Marine Lieutenant in World War II. He was among the first United States Marine units to enter the Japanese city of Nagasaki after the atomic bomb was dropped on August 9, 1945. Unfortunately for him and many others there was no curing the radiation poisoning that amassed from the exposure, and Mac passed away two years later from complications of his mission. His park still sits in the same place to this day (it turned 70 this year).

Thank you to all of Cohasset's Veterans!

Story and Photo of Norman Todd Park are from the Cohasset Veterans Memorial Committee's website: http://www.cohassetveteransmemorial.com/heros/21.html. Feel free to explore their hero page to learn more about the brave men and women that have sacrificed so much so that we all may enjoy the freedoms we do today.

At long-last, our hand tub pumpers have come home!  We unveiled them at our Annual Meeting, which we held at our new Bee...
10/30/2018

At long-last, our hand tub pumpers have come home! We unveiled them at our Annual Meeting, which we held at our new Beechwood Meetinghouse & Museum. It was a great night. We are hosting an open house on December 2 at the Beechwood Meetinghouse and everyone is welcome to come and see these beauties first hand. (Details to follow)

Cohasset Master Plan
10/12/2018

Cohasset Master Plan

Get To Know Cohasset:

The mackerel fishing fleet in Cohasset grew from six vessels in 1819 to almost forty vessels in 1836. As a result, Cohasset’s annual catch increased from 2,000 barrels to over 10,000 barrels by the 1840s to a peak of slightly over 22,000 barrels in 1851. Within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cohasset was a mackerel powerhouse. By 1845 Cohasset was the fourth largest producer of mackerel surpassing Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Duxbury, Scituate, and Hingham. In year 1851, there forty four vessels and over 550 men and boys employed in Cohasset’s mackerel business. Many of Cohasset’s famous historic families made their fortunes in the mackerel industry including: Bates (owners of the wharf and Salt House, plus second largest fleet), Stockbridge (largest fleet), and Tower, Lothrop, and Hall.

During the summer many of the residents of the town would take to their schooners, many of which were built in Cohasset, and sail “down east” to the Canadian Maritime Provinces. The mackerel industry was closely tied with the salt production industry. One of the largest reasons Cohasset needed to produce salt was for the storage of the immense amount of mackerel that needed to be salted on the vessels sailing from Cohasset Harbor.

The Olde Salt House, building and namesake, are actually relics of this era. Both it and the wharf it is constructed on were built by built by the Bates Family for the explicit purpose of supporting the mackerel industry. The Olde Salt House was originally a cooper’s shop where they built and stored barrels to hold the mackerel in brine. It got its name the Salt House during Cohasset salt production era when it was used to store and sell the salt from the Sandy Cove and Beach Island Salt works for the commercial mackerel fleet.

Source: Cohasset Historical Society and Narrative History of Cohasset by David Bigelow.
Please go visit the Historic Society on South Main Street for further information.

Mark your Calendars!
10/09/2018

Mark your Calendars!

Cohasset Master Plan
08/29/2018

Cohasset Master Plan

Get to know Coho!

~ Clarence Barron, the owner of Dow Jones & Company, owned a dairy farm in Cohasset in the 1890s. It was called Oaks Farm and Creamery. This 450 acre property on Sohier street encompassed the land where the current Deer Hill School, Joseph Osgood School, South Shore Music Circus, Turkey Hill Reservation, and much more are now located.

Mr. Barron was concerned with the state of public health in America, especially with children, and he believed that that milk from cows would help improve public health. Mr. Barron wanted his farm to have pristine barns, well-maintained cattle, and high quality milk. Mr. Barron hired Walter Kerr, one of the country's leading cattle farmers, to accomplish his goals. He maintained a herd of 200 heritage Jersey cows imported from the Isle of Jersey and 20 Ayrshire cows imported from Scotland. He specifically picked Jersey cows because of the high fat content, and superior quality of their milk. Mr. Barron is one of the major factors why so many children today drink milk.

If you want to know more about Mr. Barron go to the Cohasset Historical Society or check out there website.

Cohasset Master Plan
08/15/2018

Cohasset Master Plan

Get To Know Coho!

~The Pratt Building at 106 South Main Street, which now houses the Cohasset Historical Society, has four murals that depict four important moments in Cohasset’s history. One of the murals depicts Mrs. Daniel Tower (a Cohasset resident), who during the American Revolution carted water from Lily Pond to Mohawk Trail to not only water the fields that were suffering from a severe drought, but also to bring water to the small pox hospital that had been set up on Beach Street. Due to her heroic actions in this arduous undertaking, Mrs. Tower earned the nickname “Resolution”. The commitment of the Tower family to the war effort did not stop there. When no one was able to sail to Gloucester for supplies, Mrs. Tower’s daughter, Persis Lincoln, volunteered to go. She single-handedly sailed a ship from Cohasset to Gloucester and back in order to get crucial supplies. She also earned the name “Resolution” for her efforts.~

If you want to see the murals or learn more about the Mrs. Tower and Persis go to the Cohasset Historical Society at 106 S Main St or check them our online at http://www.cohassethistoricalsociety.org

Cohasset Master Plan
08/07/2018

Cohasset Master Plan

Get To Know Coho!

~This is a new weekly segment the Master Plan is launching to update our citizens on important, yet informative stories from Cohassset's History~

In 1849, the brig St. John left Galway, Ireland carrying immigrants fleeing the Potato Famine for a new life in Boston, when it struck a granite outcropping called "The Grampuses" off the coast of Cohasset. 99 Irish persons perished in that storm, 45 of whom were never identified. 65 years later, in 1914, the Ancient Order of Hibernians raised a 20 foot high memorial cross at the site of their burial in Central Cemetery that can still be visited today.

If you want to learn more about the epic tale of the brig St. John and her passengers, please visit the Cohasset Historical Society @ 106 South Main Street.

Cohasset Historical Society's cover photo
08/02/2018

Cohasset Historical Society's cover photo

Now Half Price !!
07/23/2018

Now Half Price !!

Tomorrow is Flag Day!!Do you have a Cohasset Town Flag to accompany your beautiful American flag?  Cohasset Flags will b...
06/13/2018

Tomorrow is Flag Day!!

Do you have a Cohasset Town Flag to accompany your beautiful American flag? Cohasset Flags will be available at tomorrow's famers market on the Common from 2:00 to 6:00. Proceeds benefit the Cohasset Historical Society.

Cohasset Historical Society's cover photo
04/24/2018

Cohasset Historical Society's cover photo

Cohasset Historical Society's cover photo
12/10/2017

Cohasset Historical Society's cover photo

Come on down - Holliday gift shop in the village open now until 7:00!!
12/09/2017

Come on down - Holliday gift shop in the village open now until 7:00!!

Don't miss our Pop-up Holiday Shop, Saturday at the Cohasset Village Stroll from 4:00 - 7:00.  Our Captain John Wilson H...
12/08/2017

Don't miss our Pop-up Holiday Shop, Saturday at the Cohasset Village Stroll from 4:00 - 7:00. Our Captain John Wilson House Museum is usually closed for the winter, but we are opening up for occasion. There will be treats for the kids, and shopping for the grown-ups!!

Come visit our pop-up gift shop in the Wilson House Museum during the Cohasset Village Holiday Stroll.  Find the perfect...
12/05/2017

Come visit our pop-up gift shop in the Wilson House Museum during the Cohasset Village Holiday Stroll. Find the perfect gifts for the Cohasset lovers on you list!

From the wood of late 1800s to the steel of the 60s to cement onward to the future.
10/29/2017

From the wood of late 1800s to the steel of the 60s to cement onward to the future.

The Cohasset Yacht Club club house was demolished today.  Here's a little before and after.
10/23/2017

The Cohasset Yacht Club club house was demolished today. Here's a little before and after.

Address

106 S Main St
Cohasset, MA
02025

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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(781) 383-1434

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