Located on Historic Old King's Highway, The Colonial House Inn was constructed in the 1730's. The original structure was a two story Federal style building with a hip roof built by the Josiah Ryder family. Shortly after, it was acquired by Captain Joseph Eldrige, and for the next 100 years was known as the Eldrige House.
In the 1820's a house was floated over from Nantucket and placed on a foundation at the rear of the building. During the 1860's Dr. Azariah Eldrige, then the owner, moved the house and added it to the main structure. At that time he also constructed the third floor with its mansard roof, and the Doric portico in the front of the house giving it the present Victorian look.
Previous owners included U.S. Congressman Thomas Thacher, Charles F. Swift the noted Cape historian, Ella Bray local Yarmouthport historian, and the Simpkins family. The inn was purchased by Malcom Perna in 1979 and extensively renovated to provide the three intimate dining rooms and spacious guest rooms, all with private baths.
In 1988, the Inn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the interior.
The Colonial House Inn features Traditional New England cuisine prepared with a Continental flair, and is open year round, seven days a week, for luncheon and dinner.
We arrived on site at 20:00h and proceeded to have a fantastic dinner and discuss the investigation. After a site survey, we discussed the most appropriate location to set up the base location. We decided that the best location was in the breakfast room. This was due to the ability to deploy the wired and wireless systems. Cameras were deployed in the Pool, Room 203, Room 108, Watching the Widows Watch, Dining Room, Command Center, and Hall By Room 4. We ran a combination of wired and wireless cameras.
PRAB Live was deployed and activated at 2300. This was 1 hour later than scheduled due to technical issues. A number of users logged in and out throughout the night.
Location: Cape Cod, MA
Investigation ID: PRAB-COM-041210
Investigation Date: 19th September 2009 21:00 - 04:00
Investigation Report: Download as PDF