The Brewster Historical Society not only has restored the Captain Elijah Cobb House as its new location, but it has long and lovingly cared for the historical structures highlighting Drummer Park on Rt. 6A.
On Saturday, July 8, the society celebrates the park with Conservation Day there between 9:30 am and 2 p.m.
To entice you, take a photo tour below of Drummer Park.
A highlight of the Drummer Park historical experience is its windmill.
An excerpt from the Cape Cod Windmills website:
“Brewster’s Windmill is now found on 1.35 acres, donated to the Brewster Historical Society by Mr. And Mrs. Lewis McGowan, owners of the adjacent Drummer Boy Museum on Route 6A. The Windmill, built in 1795, was restored in July, 1976, with a matching grant from the Massachusetts Bicentennial Commission.
Brewster’s Windmill has an advantageous location for windmill enthusiasts because it sits in an open field and is visible from the road. The Historical Society certainly met the requests of Mrs. Nickerson when she gave them the windmill. She asked that the windmill be restored, preserved and open to the public. It has been authentically restored, meticulously preserved, well maintained and easily accessible to the public. The octagonal, 20-foot diameter base supports a revolving cap that was constructed with curved timbers similar to a hull of a ship. Pulling the tail pole rotates the revolving cap. The tail pole is attached to a wagon wheel on the ground. It is pulled by a horse, ox or human so that the masts face into the wind. The entire mill stands 30 feet tall.
The interior of Brewster’s Windmill is just as fascinating as the impressive exterior. This windmill’s equipment has also been preserved. The interior consists of three floors. The top level houses the brake wheel and allows access to the curved timbers in the cap so that they can be greased periodically to allow the rotation movement of the cap. The middle floor houses the original five-foot diameter millstones. The ground floor has a bin that holds the ground meal. Here is also found the frame supports for the three tons of millstones.”
You’ll also experience Brewster’s past at the very authentic and restored blacksmith shop as well as the Harris-Black House. And there is a playground for the kids as you view Cape Cod Bay from the expansive fields.