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8/18/2017 1:57:10 AM

Brewster

Overview - Beaches - Points of Interest - Schools - Chamber of Commerce - Brewster Lodging

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Overview

Passing through Brewster by stagecoach in 1849, Henry David Thoreau noted that the town "has more mates and masters of vessels than any other town in the country." These seafarers lived in Brewster despite the lack of a harbor because a packet cargo service enabled them to travel into Boston. Many of these homes remain today, some having been converted to B&Bs and others becoming historic landmarks or retail shops.

One of the most picturesque local sites is the weathered, wood-shingled Old Brewster Mill and waterwheel, a restored 19th Century grist mill (pictured here). Upstairs in this landmark are exhibits of old mill equipment and a 100-year-old loom. During operating hours, lessons are given in both grinding corn and weaving. Located on Stony Brook Rd.

Afterwards, don’t forget to walk across the street to the Stony Brook Herring Run, where thousands of alewives swim upstream to spawn in freshwater ponds every spring.

Two more interesting museums in town are the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the New England Fire & History Museum.

Founded in 1954, the Museum of Natural History is dedicated to the study and preservation of Cape Cod’s fragile ecology. In addition to nature/marine exhibits, lectures and classes, the museum features walking trails through its 80 acres of marshland, lakes and forests. Guided tours are available. It also offers bird watching trips to Nauset Beach and Monomoy Island.

The New England Fire & History Museum houses a collection of 35 fire engines (including the only surviving 1929 Mercedes Benz engine in existence), an animated diorama of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and an exhibit of firefighting gear from Roman times to the present.

Brewster is also home to 1,964-acre Nickerson State Park, one of the busiest state parks in Massachusetts. Once the private estate of Nickerson family, this land was donated to the state in 1934.

Beaches

  • Breakwater Landing Beach 
  • Crosby Landing Beach 
  • Ellis Landing Beach 
  • Linell's Landing Beach 
  • Paine's Creek Beach 
  • Point of Rocks Beach 
  • Robbins Hill Beach 
  • Saint's Landing Beach 

Points of Interest

  • Nickerson State Park - In the summer, this 1,964-acre park fills up quickly with campers swimming, fishing, boating and hiking during the summer. The winter offers cross-country skiing and ice skating on its five frozen lakes. Reservations are required in-season. Truly an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Bassett Wild Animal Farm - This small family zoo offers enough wildlife to enchant just about any age visitor. It features both common and exotic birds and animals. There are plenty of exciting events for the whole family: hayrides, a petting zoo and a large gift shop. Located off Tubman Road near Route 6A.
  • Paine's Creek Beach - Inlets and coves cut into the wide beach on this shoreline. Paine's Creek is the home to some interesting wildlife including rare birds and horseshoe crabs. Located at Paine's Creek near Route 6A.
  • Museum of Natural History - Leave only footprints as you walk through these protected paths lined with salt marsh grass behind the Museum. This is a center for the study and research of Cape Cod’s diverse ecology. Offering lectures and tours, guides lead visitors down nature paths to catch a glimpse of the Cape's intriguing flora and fauna. Located on Route 6A.
  • New England Fire & History Museum - This old blacksmith shop and apothecary was built in the 1700s. It was designed to be an exact replica of Ben Franklin's Union House in Philadelphia. The edifice is now a museum housing the largest collection of firefighting equipment and nostalgia in the world. Among the exhibits is a diorama of the Chicago fire of 1871. It also offers a gift shop and picnic facilities. Located on Route 6A.

Schools

  • ABC Nursery School 
    2896 Main Street, Brewster 
  • Family School at Brewster 
    3570 Main Street, Brewster
  • Stony Brook Elementary School 
    Underpass Road, Brewster
  • The Laurel School 
    1436 Route 137, Brewster

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