Named after Elder William Brewster, the town of Brewster was established in 1656. Originally a part of Harwich, Brewster became its own entity in 1693. Located on the northern edge of Harwich, Brewster was the home of the more affluent in the area. The first water-powered grist and woolen mill constructed in America is located in Brewster. Stony Brook became the focal point of the town’s rich history. Because of its location, it played a key role in importing and exporting goods. The several ports located between Bourne, Barnstable, and Brewster made the area extremely profitable in terms of the shipping industry because the provided quick access to almost every area both on the Cape and inland as well.
Full of culture and tradition, the area was home to several rich sea captains who were responsible for many of the beautiful homes and mansions in the area. The Captain Freeman Inn and The Crosby Mansion are just two popular tourist destinations that are capable of hosting weddings and other gatherings. The mansion has undergone extensive renovations and can host a variety of functions. Many of the larger homes in the area serve as bed-and-breakfasts or inns for travelers who are visiting Brewster and other Cape Cod communities.
Nestled in the elbow of Cape Cod, you can travel in almost any direction and find something fun and exciting to do. Beautiful beaches are close by, whether you choose to stay close to the harbor or travel to the east to the Atlantic Ocean. Head into Brewster proper and you will find antique shops galore as well as seafood restaurants and cafes that serve all of your favorite foods. From the public beaches and landings to the winding trails and walkways that connect the neighborhoods, getting from one place to another is simple.
While the stately homes and mansions are the popular places to stay when visiting the area, most of the homes in Brewster are a mixture of older harbor homes and newer, more luxurious condos. There are many homes that are reminiscent of the old-style architecture. Newer homes being built in the area tend to be more modern, but still carry the hint of times long past when tradition was key and convenience was essential. Luxury condos and apartments are placed close enough to the water to give residents who live there a beautiful view whether it is first thing in the morning or watching the sunset in the evening.
Brewster’s rich history makes it a popular tourist attraction, while its culture and legacy make it a great place to live and raise a family. Bus lines and Route 6 make it easy to travel to and from Boston for work or pleasure. Since no trains or planes are available to the area, you get an opportunity to travel through the area the old-fashioned way. By foot, by bike or by car, you can see all the sights and historic places that helped to shape the destiny of our country up close and personal.