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Crosby Mansion

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Cape Anton wrote a review Dec 2019
Cape Cod, Massachusetts6 contributions
Visited the Garden Club's holiday show at the Crosby Mansion. We've visited flower shows at the mansion before, but never at Christmas time. Each and every room was meticulously and beautifully decorated. It was well worth the admission fee and the free, with admission, cider and cookies were a wonderful treat.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Peasmould wrote a review Apr 2019
Brewster, Massachusetts50 contributions13 helpful votes
This 1890s addition of almost 30 opulent rooms to a simple 1830s Cape Cod house is truly unique. It's magnificent craftsmanship has been lovingly restored by dedicated, largely volunteer, workers over the last 30 years. It can only currently open briefly (10a - 2p) on the first and third Sundays in July and August, due to the limited number of docent volunteers. These expert docents make it well worth fitting in a visit, however - allow at least a couple of hours. They have great stories about its inception, construction and original operation from the 1890s to 1920s, as well as its checkered history since.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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mvma12 wrote a review Aug 2018
43 contributions42 helpful votes
My family had a wonderful time touring the Crosby Mansion. With a donation of $5.00 per adult and children being free it is a great value for a fun afternoon. The docents are so knowledgable and friendly. It’s truly special how this home was built to preserve the original family home and the loving restoration of the volunteers is evident. Even my teenage children had a great time exploring and learning the history of the home. A fun afternoon!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Laura L wrote a review Jul 2018
Hudson, New Hampshire932 contributions178 helpful votes
July Saturday tour on the way to the beach for the day. We had always WONDERED what was in this mansion, and now we know! Highly recommended. It was $5 each for adults in our group and a bargain. House was beautiful but the history was the best. Crosby made his money thru liquor, and married his 2nd wife 20 years his junior, so you know there’s some more interesting stuff here. The Friends of Crosby Mansion have done an amazing job lovingly restoring the place since the early 90s. Glad we stopped!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Taylor B wrote a review Sep 2017
Chicago, Illinois6,569 contributions5,318 helpful votes
The Albert Crosby Mansion is a monument to an earlier time. Located in Brewster, Massachusetts, the three-story, 35-room home overlooking Cape Cod Bay was built by a local man who moved to Chicago and made his fortune producing distilled alcohol which he sold to the U.S. Army during the Civil War. The house doesn't compare to the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. But the Crosby mansion, named Tawasentha after Longfellow's poem, Song of Hiawatha, is a testament to opulence, grandeur and painstaking graftsmanship. Crosby spared no expense in building and furnishing his home, which was completed in 1888 and inspired by the grand style of Chicago's Gold Coast and Prairie Street mansions owned by Potter Palmer and Marshall Field. It features a 60-foot viewing tower, 15 fireplaces with imported tile, hand-carved mahogany and oak walls, a parlor fashioned after one at the Palace of Versailles, an entrance duplicating one at Buckingham Palace, a two-story billiard room, marble sinks and floors in the baths and gas lighting and heating throughout. Because of the expensive construction needs, the Old Colony Railroad laid a side track to the site. The mansion's crowning glory was a two-story, 75-foot by 50-foot art gallery filled with valuable paintings and sculpture, including works by El Greco and Albert Bierstadt and Childe Hassan. When Crosby died in 1906 at the age of 83, his widow opened the art gallery to the public one day a week in the summer in return for the town not raising her taxes. Among the famous people who visited the gallery were Mark Twain, Helen Keller and the Duke of Wales.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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