Edward Gorey House

#8 in Best Things To Do in Cape Cod
Edward Gorey House picture
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Key Info

8 Strawberry Ln.

Price & Hours

$8 for adults; $2 for kids 6-12; free for kids...
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.3

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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

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, located along the Mid Cape.

According to past visitors, if you are a Gorey fan, this quirky museum is must-see. Travelers say that the museum offers a glimpse into the life of Gorey, along with eclectic personal items and informative tour guides. 

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 led by docents and friends of the late artist himself, which past visitors said adds a unique personal connection to the famed illustrator. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum also offers special exhibits around themes in Gorey's work.

Located off Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, the Edward Gorey House is open from mid-April through December, with varied visiting hours and days from week to week. Admission is $8 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 12; entry is free for guests younger than 6. For more information, consult the Edward Gorey House website.

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Popular with bikers, rollerbladers and horseback riders, this 22-mile paved trail is a breezy ride through the Lower Cape's diverse ecosystems. Previously known as the Old Colony Railroad corridor, the Cape Cod Rail Trail is considered one of the best bike trails in New England. 

Many outdoor enthusiasts highlight the trail as one of the best ways to experience the natural attractions across the Cape. They also praise how well-marked and clean the trail is, and report that it's mostly flat and easy to navigate. Some of the Cape's best beaches and ponds are scattered throughout the area, especially in Orleans and Wellfleet. Unique snack shacks and lunch spots are perfect pit stops when your stomach starts to grumble. And don't forget to explore the area's smaller villages for a taste of the Old Cape.

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