The John Cabot House
117 Cabot St.
Beverly, MA 01915
Museum Tours and Cabot Shop: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 am - 4 pm
Wednesday 1 - 9 pm
Museum admission $5
Tuesday and Saturday, 9:30-4
Wednesday 1 – 9 pm
Research fee $10
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The Cabots were merchants and mariners who came to Massachusetts in the 17th century, settling first in Salem. Following the death of Joseph Cabot in 1768, his widow moved to Beverly with 8 of her 9 surviving children. The house she built in 1773 originally stood on the corner of Central and Cabot Streets and was moved further down on Central St. in the 1920's. It is still standing and now houses several apartments.
The John Cabot House is a Georgian style mansion built in 1781 during the Revolutionary War, and it was the first brick mansion built in Beverly. The wealth of the Cabot family is reflected in the architecture of the house, the beautifully carved paneling, and decorations such as the Dutch tiles surrounding the fireplace. It would have been furnished with elegant furniture and decorative objects from around the world; a showplace to emphasize the success of John Cabot.
In 1802 John Cabot sold the house for $5000 to the newly formed Beverly Bank. The bank leased the "southerly part" of the house to Cabot for seven years. Edward Burley purchased the house in 1834 from the Beverly Bank. As a condition of sale Burley added an exterior door, a window, and the day vault to the Bank room. The Bank found new quarters in 1868. The Burley's had no children and in 1891 Mr. Burley willed the building to the newly formed Beverly Historical Society.
Information on current exhibits can be found here.