The Dennis Historical Society will open the 1801 Captain Theophilus Baker House at Jericho Historic Center and the Dennis Maritime Museum at the West Dennis Graded Schoolhouse for holiday cheer as part of the West Dennis Stroll on Saturday, December 14.
Baker House, which will be open from 1-4 pm, will transport visitors to the 19th century as the DHS looks at how Christmas celebrations evolved in the 1800s and showcases special Cape-Cod-themed Yuletide decorations made of rose hips, evergreens, cranberries, shells, spices, and more. Guests will also have the chance to sample a variety of traditional and delectable holiday fare, including mince pies, figgy pudding, and sugar plums. The house museum is at 90 Old Main Street in West Dennis.
The Dennis Maritime Museum Christmas Open House will take place from 11 am to 4 pm, with festive refreshments served. Visitors will also have the chance to learn more about Dennis’s rich maritime history via exhibits that feature 19th century seagoing vessels and a separate focus on “Dennis Life Savers, Lightship Men, and Lighthouse Keepers.” The Nobscusset Room, dedicated In 2018 to the Native Americans who settled locally 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, will also be open. The museum, found on the second floor of the West Dennis Graded Schoolhouse at 67 School Street, is wheelchair-accessible.
Admission to both venues—as always—is free, with donations gladly accepted.