Tile Artistry

Amanda Wastrom

Showcasing some of the finest art in New England and beyond, Tree’s Place, on Route 6A in Orleans, is firmly established as a renowned gallery featuring nationally celebrated artists.  Its gallery walls gleam with an array of distinguished works by contemporary American artists, many of them local to Cape Cod. Read more…

The Living Past

At first glance, the house at 155 West Bay Road looks like just another building in Osterville nestled off of the village’s quiet, shaded town center. But beyond its picket fence, behind its crimson front door, and underneath its classic Cape-grey shingles, the Cammett House reveals its true nature as a one-of-a-kind architectural wonder that has survived decades of change and development. Those who take the time to look beyond the house’s modest façade will find themselves taking a step way back in time.

The Cammett House became part of the Osterville Historical Museum’s educational compound 30 years ago when it was saved from demolition. Characterized by unique “one-room-deep” architecture—a narrow foundation, measuring one 16 ½-foot beam from front to back that is native to the Cape, yet rare to find in its original form—the house serves as the perfect emblem of historical Osterville’s humble beginnings. Cathy Wright, the museum’s curator, says, “The things from history that get saved are the things that represent power and wealth because they tend to be more durable and appreciated. It is wonderful to have an example of how most people lived.” The Living Past

The Cammett House, a petite, unadorned, quaint structure has been traced back to the house’s first known residents, John and Eliza Cammett and their son David, who occupied the home during the early to mid-1800s. The home offered a simple lifestyle for the fisherman’s family. In the poor farmer’s village Osterville once was, the residents were rarely sea captains or wealthy merchants. More often than not, they were ordinary families making a quiet living off of the coastal trade. Read more…