For me, old Cape Cod sea captains’ homes get their fascinating and sometimes peculiar charm from the rich stories that surround each one. The Crowne Pointe, for example, was once home to a thriving sea captain in the early 1900s who rented his carriage houses to sailors seeking room and board. Move forward a hundred years and those same carriage houses are still in use by the Inn today. You don’t have to travel far from this town to see a number of these old captains’ houses, still very much intact and continuing on with their own unique stories.

Here are two of my favorite local captains’ homes, which recall a time when Cape Cod played a major part in America’s seafaring history.

Located in Eastham, the Edward Penniman House was designed and built in 1867 by a retiring captain who had made his fortune at sea in the profitable whaling trade. Among the home’s many unique features was a rain collection system built into the roof that allowed for indoor running water. This luxury was the first of its kind in the town! The Library of Congress has some awesome photos of the home which can be seen here.

The Captain Bangs Hallet House in Yarmouth is the only fully furnished sea captain’s house on the Cape that is open to the public (courtesy of the Yarmouth Historical Society). With features dating back to the 1700s, the house was home to Bangs Hallet when he was forced to downsize from a larger home after the tragic deaths of his children. Ghosts are now rumored to haunt the property but the real stories told by the museum staff are far more intriguing. Stop by and take a tour!

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