The Crosby mansion in Brewster is a monument to an earlier time, a time of opulence, grandeur and  painstaking craftsmanship.

Standing tall on a rise of land with sweeping views of Cape Cod bay, the three-story mansion is also a monument to romance.  It is the legacy of a man who went west to make his fortune and returned to the cape with a bride 20 years his junior, for whom he built the mansion called Tawasentha.

Albert Crosby was born in 1823 and raised in a modest cape house in Brewster that still stands where the mansion is, as he had the mansion, in effect, wrap around his old family homestead. Albert moved to Chicago and made his fortune producing distilled alcohol .  He sold this to the army during the Civil War, and sales of this non-taxed medicinal alcohol made him a wealthy man.

Albert spared no expense for the three story, 35 room home overlooking the Bay.  Completed in 1888, the home was named “Tawasentha”, probably after Longfellow’s poem, “Song of Hiawatha”. It was built  in the grand style of Chicago’s Gold Coast Mansions and featured a 60 foot viewing tower, 15 fireplaces with imported tile, hand carved mahogany and oak walls, a parlor fashioned after one at the Palace of Versailles, an entrance duplicating one at Buckingham Palace, a two-story billiard room, marble sinks and floors in the baths, and gas lighting and heating throughout. Because of its heightened construction, the Old Colony Railroad laid a side track to the site.  The mansion was designed for the lavish entertaining his young wife, Matilda, loved.  Legend has it that when her soirees became too much for him, Albert would slip away to the old homestead and sit peacefully in his favorite rocking chair.

The mansion’s crowning glory was a two-story 75x50 foot art gallery filled with valuable paintings and statuary, including works by Childe Hassan, El Greco, Albert Bierstadt and other famous artists.  After Albert’s death in 1906 at the age of 83, Matilda opened the art gallery to the public one day a week in summer, apparently in return for the town’s not raising her taxes.  The gallery was legendary, and a number of famous people were said to have visited, including the Duke of Wales, Helen Keller and Samuel Clemens.

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Beverage Policy:

  • The Friends of Crosby Mansion allows only BEER & WINE based on consumption
  • No HARD Liquor is allowed on premises.
  • Beer kegs are not allowed
  • Client is responsible for purchasing Alcohol from a “Local” Distributor
  • Listed on ‘Preferred Vendor” sheet
  • Liquor deliveries must be made on the day of the event
  • ICE Deliveries must also be made on the day of the event
  • All alcoholic beverages must be served by an insured and TIPS/SERVSAFE certified bartender
  • Caterers must provide a bartender to serve alcohol. The bar is not to be unattended at any time.
  • No one under the age of 21 may be served alcohol or consume alcohol on the premises
  • All alcoholic beverages must be removed from the bar 45 minutes prior to the end of the event.
  • Unused, unopened Beer and Wine bottles will only be given to a previously designated person.
     
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Rental of the Crosby mansion includes exclusive access to the grounds and amphitheater areas, plus the following rooms in the Mansion:

First Floor: The Main Foyer, Dining Room, Library, Parlor, Billiard Room, Function Room, Rest Rooms and Veranda. A changing room with restroom is available as well. The first floor is fully handicap accessible.

Second Floor: Docent guided tours to view all second floor rooms during reception hour. After first hour, second floor is not accessible.

Your wedding will include:

  • Exclusive use of the Mansion and grounds for up to Six Hours on wedding day.
  • Exclusive use two hours the day prior to wedding for decorating or rehearsal
  • Planning guidance from the Friends of Crosby Mansion Function Manager
  • Three docents to help with guided tours/answer questions for the reception hour
  • A parking attendant directing guests to lower parking field
  • Mansion access the day after reception for One hour to pick up and remove any remaining personal items and decorations.

100 Attendees or less for Reception due to nature of historic building 

Reception is limited to Daylight hours only

 

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