New Exhibit to Open at Captain Theophilus Baker House in West Dennis

"Inventions, Medicines and Labor-Saving Devices" opens June 30th
Captain Theophilus Baker House (Dennis Historical Society)

The Captain Theophilus Baker House and Barn Museum premieres its “Inventions, Medicines, and Labor-Saving Devices” exhibit—a look at the achievements of prominent West Dennis residents as well as the modern conveniences of the 19th century —Saturday, June 30, from 1-4pm.

Visitors can explore the 1801 home and its adjacent outbuilding while learning about such local 19th and 20th century luminaries as Luther Childs Crowell (inventor of the flat-bottomed paper bag), Dr. Horatio Kelley (formulator and marketer of his own headache cure and Cedarosa Soap), and Elizabeth Reynard and Virginia Gildersleeve (who purchased the home from the Baker family in the mid-1950s, restored the property over time, and then deeded their Jericho House property to the town of Dennis). The exhibit also includes innovations from the 19th century and features an early-model sewing machine, a vacuum cleaner, updated butter churns, and washing machines.

The Barn Museum includes tools and farming equipment from the 1800s, historic remains of Dennis saltworks, a general store re-creation, and an exhibit dedicated to Dennis’s groundbreaking cranberry industry. 

The Captain Baker House and Barn at Jericho Historical Center is located at 90 Old Main Street in West Dennis. After the June 30 exhibit kickoff, the museum will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4pm from July 3 through early September, with the very special Children’s Day at the Farm event to be held Saturday, July 28, from 1-4pm. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on