There are more than 100 houses in New England that have been turned into museums. On Cape Cod there is the Captain Bangs Hallet House—one of the premiere examples and the only furnished sea captain's home on the Cape regularly open to visitors.
It is at once both personal and representative, providing an intimate glimpse into how sea captains' families lived and entertained in the 1800's.
The home is arranged as if Captain Hallet was just returning from one of his many voyages to China, likely 16 to 18 months duration, and features period furnishings, silk, porcelain, and other antique pieces—plus an extensive maritime exhibit and a fully-equipped colonial summer kitchen.
Knowledgeable docents lead guided tours and relate lively stories of Yarmouth captains' hair-raising adventures at sea during the Golden Age of Sail when American-designed and American-built ships like the Clippers (designed by the famed Donald McKay) helped open the world to international trade on a global scale and propel our young nation into supremacy as a maritime power.
Visit Captain Bangs Hallet House when you visit Cape Cod. And get a rare glimpse into the lives lived by the people who shaped our nation.