July 26, 2019
There aren’t too many tourist attractions that will allow little doggies to step a PAW onto the property, much less enter the HOME… but we found one yesterday in Essex, Massachusetts!!! It is called “Cogswell’s Grant” and this place seems to be looked over by many, for some unknown reason, but I am here to tell you that this place is a HIDDEN JEWEL!!! Mummy was about to cry with joy as she entered each room and it was all she could do to keep from touching and cradling each of the precious little objects all over the house. First off, the place IS DOGGIE FRIENDLY!!! We were even allowed INSIDE THE HOUSE and well-behaved doggies are allowed on a leash… INSIDE! YOU COULD HAVE KNOCKED ME OVER WITH A FEATHER, but honestly it is true! Guided tours of the modest 8-room farmhouse are held every hour on the hour, and for our tour, we were the only ones there so we had our very own personal tour. There are only 4 rooms downstairs and when it came time to walk upstairs, our parents just left us zipped in our stroller in the living room area while they saw the 4 rooms upstairs, since there was no way to safely carry the stroller up the narrow staircase. There was no one else in the house except for us, so we were perfectly safe… don’t worry.
Let me tell you a little bit about the place:
This is the 18th century summer home of Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little. They bought the home in 1937 and began restoring the 1728 farmhouse to hold their collection of American folk art that they collected over a period of almost 60 years! There are paintings, rugs, furniture, and darling little pieces to amaze and delight you. Everything is set out exactly as it was left by the Little family when they lived there. The house sits on 165 acres of land overlooking the Essex River.
Mummy and Daddy were amazed at all of the folk-art pieces and other antiques that had been collected by the Littles. If you went through the house 10 times you couldn’t take it all in… it was wonderful. Please, please make a point to stop by here if you are ever in the area! What a wonderful place… we are so glad we found it! ???❤️?