You could easily drive right by this splendid small museum, the former home and workplace of Ralph and Martha Cahoon, two Cape Cod artists who restored this fine example of 18th century architecture. But you are caught by the imposing antique beauty of the building itself.
Inside, another delight awaits with the exhibition of the artists' lighthearted view of Cape life and the decorated furniture that was the specialty of Martha Cahoon. Changing exhibitions every six weeks makes return visits something to look forward to. The day we were there, an exhibition entitled "Portraying African Americans with Respect" was up, an astonishing collection of late 19th and early 20th century scenes of African Americans' daily life, portraits, drawings and prints, and some castings from sections of the famous St. Gaudens bas relief at Boston Common.
The architectural features of the interior, so carefully preserved by the Cahoons, are fascinating and it is easy to imagine the life of its original 18th century inhabitants. www.cahoonmuseum.org.
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