Brewster was first settled in 1656. The town’s history grew around Stony Brook, where the first water-powered grist and woolen mill in the country was founded in the late 17th century. Many rich sea captains lived in town, and the mansions and stately homes they built are now many of the town’s inns and bed-and-breakfasts.
Town of Brewster, 2198 Main Street, Brewster
Brewster Chamber of Commerce, 2198 Main Street, Brewster
- All of Brewster’s saltwater beaches are on Cape Cod Bay. There are no lifeguards on any of these bay beaches. They are, in order from the east end of town to the west end:
- Crosby Landing
- Linnell Landing
- Ellis Landing
- Point of Rocks Landing
- Spruce Hill
- Breakwater Beach
- Breakwater Landing
- Saint’s Landing
- Mant’s Landing (Robbins Hill Beach)
- Paine’s Creek Beach.
- There are also beaches on three freshwater ponds:
- Long Pond Beach
- Sheep Pond
- Upper Mill Pond
All beaches in Brewster require permits from mid-June to Labor Day. The Beach Office is located at the Town Hall at 2198 Main Street and is open from June to September.
- Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A, Brewster – The museum’s mission is to “inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning.” They offer a wide variety of programs to achieve this mission. 508-896-3867, www.ccmnh.org
- Crosby Mansion, 163 Crosby Lane, Brewster – The mansion, finished in 1888, reflects the opulence and grandeur of an earlier period. The three-story mansion was built on a small hill overlooking Cape Cod Bay. The building features a 75×50 foot art gallery with paintings and statuary by famous artists. 508-896-1744, www.crosbymansion.com
- Brewster Historical Society Cobb House, 739 Lower Road, Brewster – The Society collects and preserves artifacts and history of Brewster. Its main building, located at the Captain Elijah Cobb House, features four permanent galleries, a special exhibition gallery, and a document research area. The Society also maintains the 18th century windmill, house, and blacksmith shop at Windmill Village adjacent to Drummer Boy Park on Route 6A. 508-896-9521, www.brewsterhistoricalsociety.org
Arts and Entertainment
- Cape Rep Theatre, 3299 Main Street, Brewster – An “artist driven company” that performs plays and musicals from May to December. 508-896-1888, www.caperep.org
- Nickerson State Park, 3488 Main Street/Route 6A, Brewster – State owned 1900-acre public recreation area. Features campground with over 400 sites, eight freshwater kettle ponds, trout fishing ponds, eight miles of hiking and biking trails that connect to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. 508- 896-3491, www.mass.gov/locations/nickerson-state-park
- Cape Cod Rail Trail – Bike or walk through six Cape towns from Dennis to Wellfleet on this 25-mile paved trail. www.mass.gov/locations/cape-cod-rail-trail
- Punkhorn Parklands, West Brewster – Miles of trails on 800 acres of conservation land with wooded trails passing lakes, ponds and marshes. Begins at the end of the pavement on Run Hill Road.
- Brewster Conservation Trust Pathways – Eight pathways in Brewster on undeveloped conservation land ranging in distance from 0.5 to 2.5 miles round-trip. www.brewsterconservationtrust.org/brewster-walking-trails-guide
- Captains Golf Course, 1000 Freeman’s Way, Brewster – Two championship courses, pro shop, lessons. 508-896-1716, www.captainsgolfcourse.com
- Cape Cod Baseball League/Brewster Whitecaps – “Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight” – Summer schedule for 10 teams of players hoping to make it to the Major Leagues. www.brewsterwhitecaps.com
Other Points of Interest
- Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main Street, Brewster. 508-896-3913, www.brewsterladieslibrary.org