Brewster has a rich and varied history which dates to the arrival of the first settlers from Sandwich in the mid 17th century. Literally alone in the wilderness, surrounded by fierce elements of wind and sea, they built sturdy houses and mills by which they earned a living and antique homes,the Brewster Grist mill
and Herring run. In 1848 the current road footprint was established between Lower road (Lobster Lane) and Stony Brook road A trip down Stony Brook will take you
past Old Cemeteries
 ,In the 1800's packet ships regularly sailed across the bay to Boston with cargo from the local saltworks as well as flax and onions.The town's men who had reputations as skilled sailors, proudly skippered Brewster's boats. The beach at Breakwater Lane was the center of maritime activity in the 1800's with docking facilities and wharf. A walk along the shore was not always so peaceful and relaxing,though. . Later on when salt was readily available the slat works were torn down and reused in buildings standing today. During prohibition walkers on the shores would find cases of alcohol tossed The arrival in 1864 of the Cape Cod Railroad meant and end to the packet ship runs between Boston and Brewster, while the railroads path has now become the Cape Cod Rail Trail.Anytime
of year enjoy a trip along Route 6A.
You'll see dozens of wonderful antique homes, a testament to the heritage
of Brewster's numros sea captains, who knowing you can't put roots down at sea, chose to establish themselves along Main Street.

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