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Cogswell's Grant, Essex

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Cogswell's Grant was the summer home of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, preeminent collectors of American folk art in the mid 20th century. In 1937, the Littles purchased this 18th-century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River as a family retreat and place to entertain. They restored it carefully, preserving original 18th-century finishes and carefully documenting their work. In more than 50 years of collecting, they sought works of strong, even quirky character, and in particular favored objects with their original finishes and New England histories.

The Littles decorated the house for visual delight rather than historic accuracy. The result is rich in atmosphere and crowded with collections of things -- primitive paintings, redware, painted furniture, stacked Shaker boxes, weather vanes and decoys -- that have since come to define the country look.

Cogswell's Grant is a property of Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It operates thirty-six historic sites, offering unique opportunities to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions.
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  • We were in awe at the number of pieces of folk art in this house!, each with their own story to tell. The docent, Mike, was a wealth of information. We were able to take our time in each room to see t...  more »
  • In process renovating but friendly crew...I also love antiques and learning about local history. Would love to see the white stallions.  more »
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  • Another excellent Historic New England property! A beautiful and well-kept and interpreted eighteenth-century home, there are beautiful grounds to explore as well.
  • Beautiful home and farmhouse! Awesome events and amazing staff!

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