The Briggs- McDermott House includes displays of furnishings and practical implements of the period from
1840 to 1950. Occasionally, costumed docents will be found preparing old-time recipes in the vintage wood
stove. Special exhibits and the art of famed marine artist, Charles Raleigh are always worth a visit.
The Alonzo Booth Blacksmith Shop will be in operation. A fine collection of vintage carriages and sleighs will be on
display in the Alan Green Carriage House.
Citizens of Bourne became preservation conscious when the George I. Briggs House was scheduled for demolition in May 1979. George I. Briggs was instrumental in the incorporation of Bourne as a town after its separation from Sandwich in 1884.
Briggs was a friend of President Grover Cleveland, an early Bourne selectman and library trustee, the first school committee chairman and chairman of the Barnstable County Commission for many years. His neighborhood was Bourne’s town center until the Cape Cod Canal opened in 1914.
The Briggs McDermott House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This Greek Revival-style house has been restored and furnished to reflect the 1840 - 1910 period, a most important time for the Briggs family and Bourne. The Society is proud of the restoration of the music room ceiling, painted circa 1890 by famed marine artist and Bourne resident, Charles Raleigh.
The Society’s friends and members generously donated many of the furnishings from the Briggs-McDermott family and also maintain a period garden and small granite walled barn.