Eclectic Home Tour – Historic William Marston House

This is the first home I’ve ever featured that has a tombstone in the yard! I recently returned from a week long vacation at a home that’s on the National Register of Historic Places and I’m excited to share it with you in today’s Eclectic Home Tour. Stepping into the William Marston House, circa 1780, is like stepping back in time and is a history buff and antique lovers dream. From the original wood beams and floors to the wood burning stove to the hundreds of interesting antiques scattered throughout the home, to the tombstone in the patio (you don’t want to miss the backstory), this tour is like nothing you’ve seen before.

Eclectic Home Tour of the historic William Marston House on Cape Cod

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Before we step inside of the William Marston House, let’s take an aerial view of the three acre property that includes a pond. What I love about the house is that it feels so secluded but it’s within walking distance to lots of little shops and restaurants in Marston Mills, a village in the town of Barnstable, MA on Cape Cod.
Tour the historic William Marston House on Cape Cod that has it's own pond
You know you’re in for a unique experience when this sign greets you at the door.
Stay at the historic 1780 William Marston House on Cape Cod
I love that the old wood burning remains but was relieved to find out I wouldn’t have to actually cook on it because there is a beautiful kitchen with all the modern conveniences.
Love the original wood burning stove in the historic William Marston house on Cape Cod that is available to rent
The mudroom connects to the large living room, which was originally a hay barn (the master bedroom above was a hay loft). The original wood beams and floors showcase time-worn imperfections.
Tour is stunning historic home on Cape Cod that is filled with antiques and original wood beams
Did I mention this house is huge! We were a group of 11 (my hubby and I, my girls who each brought a friend, my sister and her two sons) and we had tons of room to spread out. I enjoyed closing off the pocket doors to the living room and reading a book and at night, I would often find the kids in there playing card games around the antique coffee table.
Love the original exposed wood beams in this old home
I’m a plant lady so I loved the fact that live plants were flourishing in the house.
Tour this historic home filled with beautiful antiques like this stunning grandfather clock
Everyone commented about all the unique little objects scattered throughout the house. Everywhere you turn, there was something new to discover and nothing felt too precious or off limits so we were able to really relax. The current owners, who purchased the home in 2016, filled the house with family antiques which add to the charm of the home.
Love this antique carved wood horse sculpture
I love the fact that the walls, doors and window trim of the formal dining room are all painted this beautiful blue.
Beautiful blue paint in this historic dining room
There is a fireplace in almost every room … including the bedrooms!
Love this blue paint color in this historic home
The dining room leads into the sunroom with rustic stone floor.
Lovely sunroom with stone floor and cane bench
Casual bamboo and rattan furniture make the sunroom the perfect place to hang out after a swim.
Beautiful sunroom with exposed wood wall and beams
Birds nests collected from the property are just one of the unique collections on display.
Collection of birds nests
The focal point of the kitchen is this stunning old fireplace that was once used to cook family meals.
Love this original wood and huge fireplace in this historic home kitchen
I love that there is a copper bed warmer hanging just in case it gets chilly!
Original wood burning fireplace in this historic kitchen
I’ve rented many houses over the years and I am here to say that they have never been stocked like this house! They had absolutely everything one could possibly need with spares.
Small but efficient kitchen
Another fireplace in the cozy den.
Love this old fireplace and winter painting
The house was passed down through the generations until it was eventually sold and turned into an inn. The celebrity photos pay tribute to those who may have stayed here.
Love this gallery wall of famous celebrities
The old hayloft turned bedroom is such a light and airy space with incredible views of the pond and a simple wood branch is the perfect piece of understated art.
Love the high ceilings and exposed beams in this light and bright bedroom
Love this built in window seat with a view
The apothecary cabinet below belonged Dr. Higgins who owned the house before it was an inn and he named the house “Redwing” because of the red shingles. He added an office, where he saw patients and performed surgeries, to the front of the house, which was later removed. He bought the first auto on Cape Cod (and often arrived on his motorcycle to deliver babies) and installed the first flush toilet in 1895.
Huge wooden antique apothecary cabinet
One of the six guest rooms includes this one complete with tiger maple four poster bed and of course, another fireplace.
Beautiful blue bedroom with tiger maple four poster bed
Can you spot my hubby relaxing poolside with a Negroni?!
Tour this stunning Cape Cod home called the William Marston House and the beautiful pool and grounds
When William Marston’s wife passed away, her loving husband buried her on the property. One hundred years later, during a renovation, workers found the broken headstone in the underbrush and an investigation was soon underway. It seems that when Marston remarried, his jealous second wife wasn’t having any part of having the first wife around, so poor Mrs. Minerva was exhumed and relocated to the local cemetery. The owners decided to pay tribute to her by adding her original headstone to the patio.
Old headstone cemented into the patio
The property contains some charming outbuildings including this old ice house.
Old ice house on this historic property in Cape Cod
Charming out building on this historic Cape Cod property
We really loved paddling around the pond in the provided kayaks.
Lovely little pond for kayaking
I paddled (cautiously) near to the resident pair of swans and their cygnets every day!
A family of swans
The view of the house from my kayak couldn’t be lovelier.
William Marston House view from the pond
We all loved our stay at the William Marston House and wish we could have stayed longer. If you’ve ever dreamed about vacationing on the Cape, this house will not disappoint.

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  1. Wow, this is amazing! I love the white staircase with darker banister. The window nook was my favorite!

  2. Wow, awesome home tour. Everything about it was so historic and fun. Thank you for sharing your vacation.

  3. It would be so fun to stay in a house like this. I know you had a good time with your family all together. Thanks for the tour it was wonderful.

  4. Trumpeter Swans are my favorite! How lucky to be able to see them in the wild up close. Beautiful home!

      1. William Marston is my ancestor. It is lovely to see the interior of the home. Thank you for posting these photos.

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