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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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  • 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 respo...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 o...  more »

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