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Edward Gorey House

8 Strawberry Lane | Yarmouth Port, MA | Official website
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John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons
  • Type: Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.3)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 3.5 (3.5)
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Edward Gorey's name might not ring a bell immediately, but his drawings sure will. His more recognizable works include the macabre alphabet in The Gashlycrumb Tinies and the illustrated edition of T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats as well as illustration and design credits on Broadway and PBS. So if you love this distinct illustrator, you'll enjoy a tour of his home in Yarmouth Port on the Mid Cape.

However, those looking for the ultimate Gothic mansion might be disappointed. According to one on TripAdvisor: "To say the real Gorey house was disappointing doesn't really describe how let down I really felt after touring the Gorey house. … The house I toured could have been your great aunt's house. Or, maybe your grandmother's."

Peppered with old school papers and other intimate documents, the Gorey House is also called the "Elephant House" (though sources don't agree on the specific reason for the nickname). Tours are lead by docents, cousins and friends of the late artist himself. According to one Yelp.com user: "Twice when I've come here Edward Gorey's cousin was our docent. She affectionately calls Edward "Ted" and fills the tour with the intimate details only a cousin could know. ... I'm not sure if you can call in advance to request her specifically, but it's totally worth a shot.

Located off Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, the Edward Gorey House is open from mid-April through December, with varying hours from week to week. Admission is $5 for adults. For more information on hours and admission, be sure to check the Edward Gorey House's website before you go. And keep your eyes peeled for a true Gorey cat, a 22 lb. behemoth that resides in the home.

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