The Dennis Historical Society will open the 1801 Captain Theophilus Baker House at Jericho Historic Center and the Dennis Maritime Museum at the West Dennis Graded Schoolhouse for holiday cheer as part of the West Dennis Stroll on Saturday, December 15.
Baker House, which will be open from 1-4pm, will transport visitors to the 19th century as the DHS hosts a Christmas Tea set against a backdrop of special Cape-Cod-themed Yuletide decorations made of rose hips, evergreens, cranberries, shells, spices, and more. Guests will also have the chance to sample a variety of traditional and delectable holiday fare, including mince pies, figgy pudding, and sugar plums. The house museum is at 90 Old Main Street in West Dennis.
The Dennis Maritime Museum Christmas Open House will take place from 11am to 4pm, with festive refreshments served. On the first floor, Dennis-Yarmouth Girl Scouts will help children create a Christmas ornament, make a holiday card for someone special, and decorate cookies to eat. When they are finished, children can take a sweet treat from the special Candy Cane Tree. Visitors will also have the chance to learn more about Dennis’s rich maritime history via exhibits that feature 19th century seagoing vessels and some of the 650 local captains who manned them, as well as enjoy a special display recounting how Dennis Maritime families celebrated Christmas in the Orient. The Nobscusset Room, dedicated earlier this year to the Native Americans who settled locally 10,000 years ago, will also be open. The museum, found on the second floor of the West Dennis Graded Schoolhouse at 67 School Street, is wheelchair-accessible.
Admission to both venues—as always—is free, with donations gladly accepted.