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Address: 60 Spring St, Essex, MA 01929-1308
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+1 978-768-3632

If you love antiques, Cogswell’s Grant should be on your itinerary. This...

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

Reviewed 17 February 2017
Acton, Massachusetts
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Acton, Massachusetts
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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.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 guided tour only (true), given on the hour sharp, and was afraid I'd miss it... More 

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santa barbara
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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
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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 if you went on the Essex River boat cruise earlier, (you'll love it!) it's 5... More 

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
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 his sermons. The house is known for its collection of Folk Art (or Americn Art... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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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 house, barns and outbuildings were built around the property, and the original owners raised sheep... More 

Thank Donna M
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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 tour at 11 am. Since the house is not air conditioned I would highly recommend... More 

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Lexington, MA
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

Our visit to Cogswell's Grant was an enjoyable one. The grounds are lovely and the staff is friendly and relaxed. Our tour of the house was unhurried and our tour guide's love of the property was evident. Although the contents of the house are referred to as folk art, I would call most of the items antiques, albeit sturdy and... More 

Thank Eagle68
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2015

The house is historic and a great way to see an early 18th century New England home. But the main attraction is the extraordinary collection of 17th and 18th century antiques amassed by the previous owner and now preserved and interpreted by Historic New England. It should be mentioned that no home of the period would be packed with objects... More 

2 Thank Alison57
Nashua, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

We went on a Saturday morning and it was a beautiful day. This historic house is located in a beautiful setting and even if you don't like house tours, the grounds are free to roam. People were biking with their families. The house is chock full of antiques and it is hard to know where to look! The one hour... More 

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