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The Benjamin T. Gorham Cobbler Shop currently serves as the administrative office and archival storage for the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. The building was moved to its present location next to the Yarmouth Port Post Office and the Nature Trails in 2005 and reconstructed in 2006. Originally located across the Old King's Highway next to the Parnassus Book Store, the structure was the boot shop for Benjamin Gorham, the cobbler, in the middle of the nineteenth century. The Gorham family is one of the oldest Yarmouth families dating back to the early 1600's. John Gorham (1621-1675) married Desire Howland, daughter of Mayflower passenger John Howland.

The archival storage vault of the Gorham Cobbler Shop is fireproof and climate controlled, providing the security for the Society's collection of photographs, wills and deeds, ship's logs, and journals from the Golden Age of Sail.

The Cobbler Shop is open to visitors for research and the purchase of books and postcards, year round on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am-3:00 pm. An appointment is required for those wishing assistance with research. Telephone 508.362.3021, mail at Box 11, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675, or e-mail at hsoy@comcast.net.

DIRECTIONS
From Mid-Cape Highway (Route 6), take exit 7. Go north on Willow Street to Route 6A. Right on 6A approximately 6/10 of a mile. Large sign for entrance to Nature Trails is on the right, immediately before the Yarmouth Port Post Office. Cobbler Shop (HSOY Office) is the first building on the right, approximately 25 yards from the street. (From Route 28, take Willow Street, West Yarmouth Road, or Station Avenue to get to Route 6A, thence to the Post Office.)

 

 

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