Cohasset castle for sale; bring a king-size wallet – The Boston Globe

Cohasset castle for sale; bring a king-size wallet – The Boston Globe

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I’ve attended many a meeting and fundraiser in this home which sits in a magnificent location in Cohasset Harbor. In a brilliant move, the current owner bought the estate in 1989 then, parcel by parcel, purchased and improved the surrounding business properties – marina, inn, seafood restaurant — to ensure the value of his original investment.

The Georgian revival house is a landmark in Cohasset, a quaint coastal town some 20 miles south of Boston, and has a storied history. For decades, “The Oaks” was the oceanside playground of the Barrons and the Bancrofts, heirs to the Dow Jones and Wall Street Journal fortunes. For more than a century and a half, only three families have ever lived on the 9.4-acre property about 20 miles south of Boston.

The first was Lawrence Barrett, a 19th-century actor who played Othello opposite Edwin Booth’s Iago and served as a captain in the Civil War.

The second owner was Clarence Barron, a Bostonian who purchased Dow Jones & Co. for $130,000 in 1902 and is credited with transforming The Wall Street Journal into the financial journalism powerhouse it has remained through present-day. He later founded Barron’s magazine and was its first editor.

Barron’s stepdaughter married into another prominent Boston family, the Bancrofts, who became heirs to Dow Jones and the publishing empire. Two years after Barron’s death in 1928, the original estate was razed and replaced by the current ivy-covered Georgian Revival mansion.

Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and other entertainers visited the estate when they played at the nearby South Shore Music Circus in the venue’s heyday.

Barron’s granddaughter, Jessie Bancroft Cox, lived in the home until her death in 1982. Yankee Oil & Gas briefly owned the estate before it was purchased by the current owner, Peter Roy, in 1989.

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Welcome America’s cultural coast…

Welcome to Coastal Kate, a blog about America’s cultural coast — the area that runs adjacent to Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays from Boston and Quincy through the South Shore suburbs to the tip of Cape Cod and off shore to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

For the purposes of Coastal Kate, the area includes several regions: Boston, Quincy & Weymouth, Hingham & Cohasset, Scituate & Marshfield, Duxbury & Kingston, Plymouth, Upper Cape, Lower Cape, The Islands. (However, sometimes news about some of the inland towns Abington, Avon, Canton, Carver, Halifax, Hanover, Pembroke, Plympton, Randolph, Rockland and Whitman might appear.)

Born in Boston, I’ve lived on or near the seashore most of my life. The first few years were spent just off Adams Street in Quincy until my dad moved our family of seven further south to Whitman, not on the immediate coast but proud of being home of the Toll House cookie. Summers were spent with relatives in Barnstable Village or friends in Falmouth.

Though I’ve contemplated moving out of state from time to time (and did venture to Philadelpha during college and Vermont just after), as an adult I’ve called the coastal towns of Hingham, Scituate, and Marshfield home. Today, I live in on a hill overlooking the South River with distant views of Humarock and Rexhame Beaches.

From the Pilgrim settlers to Presidents, the coastal areas south of Boston have been home to some of our country’s finest thinkers and leaders, including Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the statesman Daniel Webster. In addition, it has been the summer get-away for Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

The goal of Coastal Kate is simply to share my vision of where I live, work and play. My hope is that it inspires you to love America’s cultural coast as much as I do.

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