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Cogswell's Grant

60 Spring St, Essex, MA 01929-1308
+1 978-768-3632
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A must-see for enthusiasts of Early American art and antiques

One must take a tour of the house in order to see the rooms and furnishings, and it was well worth... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Past and Present

Just a short drive from downtown Essex is this remarkable place. An impeccably maintained 18th... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Montpelier, Vermont
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If you love antiques, Cogswell’s Grant should be on your itinerary. This 18th century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River was the summer home of collectors Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little, and houses their celebrated collection of American folk art, including primitive paintings, redware, and painted furniture. Everything is displayed as the family lived with it and shared it with their friends and fellow collectors.Open June 1-October 15, Wed.-Sun.; tours given 11:00am - 4:00pm.
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60 Spring St, Essex, MA 01929-1308
+1 978-768-3632
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

One must take a tour of the house in order to see the rooms and furnishings, and it was well worth the time (members of Trustees of Reservations get a free tour). The guide was knowledgeable and responsive to questions from the group. This place...More

Thank MaineRambler
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Just a short drive from downtown Essex is this remarkable place. An impeccably maintained 18th Century home filled with a delightful, eclectic collection of Americana. There is simply far too much to see on a single visit, so a return trip is heartily suggested.

Thank MWitz
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Nice snapshot back in time to see the home and farm as well as the fabulous collection that the Little's amassed in their lifetime. Never even knew it was there!! Doesn't give the WOW factor of some other more formal historic properties, yet it displays...More

Thank NancyABNashvegas
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Drove by today after the snowstorm. Very beautiful location on the marsh in Essex. Must be nice in the summer.

Thank davidhale22
Reviewed 12 November 2016

If you have any interest in American folk art, you will love Cogswell's Grant. It was the summer home of a couple of our country's greatest folk art collectors, and it is intact, just as they left it. I had read that visits were by...More

2  Thank hillretiree
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We had a wonderful, knowledgeable docent, take us around the house, and learned a lot about the history, the family and early American folk art.

1  Thank cassismeg
Reviewed 22 August 2016

You can easily read all the history of this amazing house with the other reviews or on line but you need to see this wonderful home for yourself! A little off the beaten path in Essex, it's the perfect ending for a beautiful day especially...More

3  Thank madcatterdesigns
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This house was built in 1728. It was purchased by a wealthy family named Little in the 1930's. The Littles purchased every item in the house because of its historic value. They paid $16,000.00 for one chair that was used by a minister to write...More

1  Thank bcnett
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Cogswell's Grant is one of the few remaining "King's Grant" properties given to settlers by King George II as recompense for leaving England and coming to settle in 'The New World." The considerable acreage includes meadow, salt marsh, riverfront, and, now, second growth forest. A...More

Thank Donna M
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Each year we travel to Rockport for our vacation. This year we found Cogswelll,s Grant on TA as a side trip. As previous reviewers have said it is a large working farm with one home to tour. Our docent Will Peck gave us the first...More

2  Thank NewJerseyPhil
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