In the mid-1800s, Brewster, Massachusetts was said to be the home of more masters and mates of seafaring vessels than any other town in the country. Although those days may be long gone, many of the historic sea captains’ mansions and estates lining Brewster’s streets have been beautifully restored into bed & breakfasts, art galleries, craft studios and antique shops.
Things To Do in Brewster
With no real village center to this rural town, Brewster’s General Store is a classic gathering place at one of the town’s main crossroads. Its Main Street is lined with fine eateries and boutique shops.
The centerpiece of Brewster’s Drummer Boy Park is Old Higgins Farm Windmill, built in 1795. Throughout the summer, the park hosts family-friendly events, from live concerts to craft fairs, bringing the public park to life.
Brewster’s coastline runs along Cape Cod Bay. What makes its coastline especially unique are the Brewster Flats, a naturally reoccurring phenomenon that takes place during low tide, revealing sandbars and tidal pools extending nearly a mile into the bay, which are filled with an abundance of sea life. The flats are said to represent the widest stretch in all of North America.
In Nickerson State Park, one can experience 400 acres of trails, camping areas and freshwater ponds, along with eight miles of bike path that connect to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Brewster’s 800-acre Punkhorn Parklands is a favorite of mountain bikers, and Brewster is home to two of the best golf courses in the region.
In addition to the natural beauty of Brewster, historic places like the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History can help you better understand it. Featuring two floors of exhibit space, the museum also sits near 300 acres of town-owned conservation land with nature trails to explore, taking you through woodlands, salt marshes and the shores of Cape Cod Bay. It’s a perfect setting for birders, which explains why it’s also the meeting place for the Cape Cod Bird Club. Some of Brewster’s rich history can be found in the 1770 First Parish Brewster Universalist Unitarian Church whose pews are marked with the names of 99 famous Brewster sea captains.
The Crosby Mansion is another of the Cape’s historical gems, wrapped in a love story over a century old.
Antiquing is popular in Brewster, and galleries in town offer everything from watercolor prints and photography to pottery and tapestry. Live theater is offered year-round at Cape Rep Theater, a repertory troupe which stages productions in a 135-seat indoor theater, as well as outdoors in season in the tree-locked natural amphitheater.
If you’re looking to become one of the town’s newest homeowners, contact Demakis Family Real Estate’s nearby Mattapoisett office for more information. You can also create an account to save your searches and receive updates when homes you may be interested in hit the market!