English settlers thought this location, near two rivers, was perfect for a post to promote trade with their neighbors, the Wampanoag Indians and the Dutch from New Amsterdam. Furs, sugar, and other staples, tools, glass, tobacco, and cloth were bought and sold; wampum (carved quahog shells made into beads) served as currency.
The Aptucxet Trading Post and Museum that you see today in the Bourne-Canal Region was built in 1927 by the Bourne Historical Society on the foundations of the original; a few bricks from the fireplace date to the Pilgrims. The handhewn beams and wide floor planks came from a 1600s house in Rochester, Massachusetts.
On the grounds a small Victorian railroad station was used solely by President Grover Cleveland when he summered at his Gray Gables mansion in Monument Beach.
You’ll also find a Dutch-style windmill (which was intended merely “to add interest and beauty to the estate”), an 18th century saltworks, an herb garden, a gift shop, and a shaded picnic area.