Help preserve the unique history of Brewster. This Thanksgiving meal is also a fundraiser to keep Sea Captain Foster Homestead part of the Brewster History. Join, donate and be part of our efforts. The property has been the site of very important community needs, such as a day respite program, reunions and other.

Thanksgiving at Sea Captain Foster Homestead.


Windmill 1795

Old Higgins Farm Windmill is a historic Smock windmill off of Old King’s Highway at Drummer Boy Park in Brewster on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

The windmill was built in 1795, it last ground grain around 1900.[2] The windmill was moved a number of times the last from Ellis Landing in Brewster to its current location in 1974. In 1975 it was added to the National Historic Register of Historic Places.[3]

The windmill was donated its then owner, Mrs. Samuel Nickerson, in memory of her husband, to the Brewster Historical Society which continues to maintain it at its current location.[3]


Wikipedia Accessed 05/05/2022

Historical Society

The Brewster Historical Society, established in 1964, collects and preserves the artifacts and history of Brewster to ensure their future accessibility.
The restored circa 1799 Cobb House Museum holds five permanent galleries and an extensive documents research area accessible by appointment. The Society also maintains a restored 18th century windmill and house and a blacksmith shop at Windmill Village at 51 Drummer Boy Road.

Current & Summer Events

Learn about the Sauquatucket and the Namskaket tribes that made the ancient Brewster shoreline their home. Chris will take you on a walk through the past as he relates the timeline of local native people, how they lived, and the tools and resources they used to successfully survive the Cape environment for thousands of years.

Experience a hands-on program with Bob Hoxie inspired by the BHS museum’s heirloom garden with plants based on Caro Dugan’s colorful 1873 – 1878 diary entries. Inspired by the history of the Cobb House site Bob Hoxie will reveal his recreation of Caro’s garden and offer professional tips for your own gardens and plantings.

A Narrated walking tour of the famous, the infamous, the unknown and ignored – till now.

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The “Heritage Barn”

The Heritage Barn has received a face lift and is awaiting to see residents for an array of educational seminars and private events.

The original Barn built by Captain Foster may have been part of the Carriage portion of the homestead and was later moved to it’s current location. A long hall was added to it and will be serving as an educational and gathering place for private events. The “Heritage Barn” is open for cultural events, family gathering and social programs for the community.

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Despite COVID, after almost 6 months of repairs and hard work from our team, ‘Sea Captain Foster’s Homestead’ is ready to receive it’s first visitors. If you wish to have a special event or create a memorable event book it soon. All proceeds will be devoted to the restoration of this remarkable Estate.

During 2020 The pathways around the property were entirely redone to be safe and enhance the traffic. Painting was also a top priority as well as exterior woodwork.

During 2001 Railings were added along the pathways, and more maintenance painting. Most bathroom were updated and repaired. A window repair plan is in effect with Nancy Barrington. Cost for each sash is $500.

During 2022, all screen doors were updated, and most the Barn renovation that has now 2 bathrooms now, but still will need additional work for 2023.

Brewster Heritage

Currently, we are working on Captain Isaac Foster (1739-1824) who’s son lived at 1222 Stony Brook Rd. in Brewster.

  • Sea Captains are an important part of Brewster’s heritage and history as they left the best built homes and history attached to them.
  • If you have any history to share, please contact us.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • When was the house built? 1799
  • How long did Captain Foster live at this address?
  • Any history about his wife?
  • Any history about his children?
  • Grave sites?
  • Gossips?

Mrs. Isaac Foster

Portrait by Joseph Badger 1755 National American Art Gallery

Eleanor Wyer Foster (Mrs. Isaac Foster) (1719-1798)

Ancestors ancestorsDaughter of William Wyer and Eleanor (Jenner) Wyer. Mother of William FosterIsaac Foster IIIsaac Foster IIIThomas FosterEdward FosterEleanor Foster and Richard Foster

  • Mayflower Families Vol. 15 p. 149
  • Name: Eleanor Wyer

Event Type: Birth Birth Date: 14 Jul 1714 Birth Place: Charlestown, Massachusetts Father Name: William Mother Name: Eleanor

Source Information Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).