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Colonial House 2011



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.


Mini-Investigation Report

The team arrived at the location at 16:30h on Saturday and proceeded to survey the site. After the survey, we located in our command room below the main house and set up, verified our equipment and headed up for dinner. After dinner, the members of the public team were introduced to the members of the PRAB and given the explaniation of the nights undertaking along with training of equipment, and an understanding of why we use the tools we use. With teams assigned, the investigation proceeded with our usual investigational technique. Each team was assigned a core member as a team lead, a PRAB trainee and a member of the public joining us.


Location: Cape Cod, MA
Investigation ID: PRAB-COM-012211
Investigation Date: 22nd January 2011 20:00 - 02:00
Investigation Report: Download as PDF



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