The mission of the Society is to acquire, preserve, interpret and exhibit collections of historical interest to the villages of Cotuit and Santuit and to provide an educational and cultural service to its membership, visitors and the community. The furniture and collections chosen for the Dottridge Homestead are appropriate to the early years of that home (1808-1840).
Founded in 1955, the grounds of the Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit hold the Dottridge Homestead, the Museum and attached Fire Museum, an archive room, a gift shop, the Ice House and Historical Kitchen Gardens. The buildings are open weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Thanksgiving weekend and during Christmas in Cotuit, the first weekend in December. The archives are available for research, and the Homestead and museums are available for private tours by appointment.
The Dottridge Homestead and Museum are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. After that, open Saturday and Sunday through Columbus Day. Then only open Thanksgiving weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Christmas in Cotuit December 7 & 8.
The gift shop's hours are:
May 24th to Labor Day: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Labor Day to Columbus Day: Saturday & Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Open for special events such as OctoberFest, Thanksgiving Weekend (Friday & Saturday from 1-5pm; save 30% then!) and during Christmas in Cotuit December 7th.
December 7 - CHRISTMAS IN COTUIT
Children’s Crafts, 10 am to noon, Free.
Bring your children to paint a wooden ornament for your tree and enjoy some cookies and cider. Come early as this is a popular event!
The gift shop will be open 10 am to 4pm with a holiday sale on many items, so plan to do your shopping early with us!
Members Holiday Party, 5 – 7 pm, in the Homestead, by invitation to members.
This special event is held by candlelight in the seasonally decorated Homestead, heated by the fireplace. Sample a delicious selection of hors d'oeuvres and a wonderful wine bar. This is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!
Plaques for historic homes are provided by HSSC. Houses must be built before 1900 and visible from the street. There is no charge for the plaques. However, donations are always welcome to cover costs and support our activities. To inquire about a plaque for your home, call 508-428-7731.