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functions by appointment. (HammondCastle.org) call for admission.
Just across the harbor sits Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, summer retreat of collector, antiquarian and one of America’s first premier interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Begun as a modest cottage in 1907, it grew to over forty rooms filled with curiosities, colored glass, folk art and china in every nook and alcove. Situated on a rock ledge with breathtaking views of the harbor, Beauport served as Sleeper’s escape, a backdrop for summer parties, and as a showcase for his professional skills. The house offers guided tours daily June 1- Oct 15, (closed Mondays), special functions, group tours and private receptions. (HistoricNewEngland.org/visit/homes/beauport.htm) $10.
In nearby the village of Essex is the country estate, Cogswell’s Grant. This eighteenth century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River was the summer home of collectors Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little, and houses their celebrated collection of American folk art. The rooms are overflowing with artwork and furniture. Hourly tours 11-4 Tues-Sat. June 1- Oct 15.(HistoricNewEngland.org/visit/homes/cogswell.htm) $10.
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