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The Crosby Mansion: Save the date—and say ‘I do’ at the historic Crosby estate
If the walls of the Crosby Mansion could talk, oh, the tales they might tell. Albert Crosby, a wealthy medicinal alcohol distiller from Brewster, built the three-story, 35-room manor overlooking Cape Cod Bay in 1888 to please his second wife, Matilda. A Burlesque queen, Matilda was 21 years Albert’s junior and a socialite who loved to entertain. Her summer soirees held in the European-inspired mansion were attended by the likes of Mark Twain, Prince Albert of Wales, and silent screen stars including John Barrymore and Lillian Gish.
It may be fitting, then, that a residence created as a romantic gesture is now utilized as a wedding venue. “It’s like having your own private palace for your special day,” says Brian Locke, the property’s manager. “That’s the beauty of the mansion. People appreciate that it’s not the same old wedding experience here.”
Couples often hold their wedding ceremony on the well-manicured front lawn. “With the mansion in the backdrop, it’s quite an impressive sight,” says Locke. All of the rooms on the mansion’s first floor are available for receptions, and Locke encourages couples to decorate the rooms—which include the grand foyer, inspired by a room the Crosbys visited at Buckingham Palace, and a parlor fashioned after one at the Palace of Versailles—however they choose. During cocktail hour, volunteer docents give tours of the second floor, which features guest bedrooms and the master bedroom. “This gives guests something fun to do for the hour while the bride and groom are taking photos,” Locke says. (The mansion doesn’t currently offer overnight stays, as these rooms are being renovated.)
For sit-down dinners, the function room can accommodate up to 100 guests, but if a couple wishes just to serve heavy hors d’oeuvres, that amount can increase to 150. Dinner can also be served al fresco on the lawn. To cap off the evening, guests often head down to nearby Crosby Beach to watch the sun set.
The Crosby Mansion • 163 Crosby Lane, Brewster • 508-896-1744 • crosbymansion.com
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