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June 20, 2011 - Open House at the Capt. John Kendrick Maritime Museum

The Wareham Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Capt. John Kendrick house and Maritime Museum will be open on the evening of June 20, 2011. This is the home that Capt. Kendrick purchased, along with a wharf and a store, from David Nye in 1778. With his family, Capt. Kendrick settled into Wareham life and continued to acquire land in the Narrows Village. It is said that he also built the first schoolhouse in this area, and later records show that the schoolhouse on High Street in the Narrows was merged with the schoolhouse at the Common in Wareham Center.

The Collections

Housed within the Capt. Kendrick house are colonial furnishings, numerous maritime artifacts, and period clothing which have been generously donated to the Wareham Historical Society over the years. Maintaining this collection is a significant responsibility and we are in the planning stages for improving the preservation, storage and display conditions for this marvelous collection. We will be communicating with you through this website as the plans progress.

Special Exhibit -- George Decas Collection

George Decas, a lifelong Wareham resident, a past President of the Wareham Historical Society, and an active participant in many Wareham initiatives and activities, has generously loaned a special exhibit from his private collection. These items will also be on display at the Capt. Kendrick house. We look forward to seeing you there. More details will be posted soon.