The Cahoon Museum of American Art, like many old 1775 Colonial farmhouses in Cotuit (Barnstable), has had several identities: It did indeed serve time as a farmhouse, has been a tavern, a way station on the Hyannis-Sandwich stagecoach line, a home and art studio, and now pays a Cape-centric homage to American art. (The building was majorly renovated in 2016 and is a joy.)
Enjoy the fanciful, primitive art of Ralph and Martha Cahoon, artists who lived here for 37 years. Meander through narrow doorways, over wide-planked floors, and up a set of “captain’s stairs” for a peek at a robust collection of 19th- and 20th-century art. Special exhibits, gallery talks, classes, demonstrations, and workshops keep the art alive and well, even into the 21st century.