Cohasset Historical Society Properties
1903 Pratt Building - Society Headquarters
Designed in 1903 by Edward Nichols, a Cohasset native, and Boston architect, the Pratt Building consolidated the private Paul Pratt Memorial Library and the town's Cohasset Free Public Library. The walls of the rotunda are noteworthy for the four large murals painted by prominent Cohasset artist MacIvor Reddie. The murals depict scenes from Captain John Smith's arrival in Cohasset in 1614 through the 1850s when Cohasset's maritime industry was at its peak.
Now housing the Society's extensive archives, library, historic costumes and textiles, and other collections, the Pratt Building is located at 106 South Main Street.
Open to the public year-round, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for exhibits, lectures, programs, and research facilities. See our collections.
Beechwood Meetinghouse and Museum
The Beechwood Congregational Church was built between 1866 and 1867 to serve the people of Beechwood who faced a six-mile round trip journey in order to attend services in the center of town. This is now the Society’s fire and police museum with special exhibits about the history of the Beechwood community.
The Meetinghouse and Museum are available for tours and functions. Please contact the Society at 781-383-1434.
1810 Captain John Wilson House
The 1810 Captain John Wilson House, located at 4 Elm Street, contains period household furnishings and exhibits about 19th-century life in Cohasset. Built by David Nichols and purchased later that year by Captain John Wilson, the house remained in the Wilson family until 1912.
Through the years the house became a marine supply store, tea room, gift shop, photographer's studio and candy store until it became the Society's first headquarters and museum. The Wilson House remains the last unaltered example of the 19th-century residences that once comprised Cohasset's center village.
Open summers, Thursday-Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.
ca. 1754 Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum, built for use as a ship chandlery for the Bates fishing business, now features maritime artifacts that reflect Cohasset's long seafaring history.
Originally located at the harbor, the building was given to the Society by Jessie and William Cox and moved to its present location on Elm Street in 1957.
The Maritime Museum is closed for restoration, generously funded by the Cohasset Community Preservation fund.