59 Pill Hill Lane: A History Behind the Home
Talk about a sweet history! Perched along the water's of Duxbury on Boston's South Shore, a sprawling three-acre bayside estate is now for sale for $8.9 million.
The five plus-bedroom estate, originally built as the Joshua Thomas House, dates back to 1747. Its owner remarks that the home's hidden halls that lead to a nearby salt marsh were once a part of the Underground Railroad, where it was used smuggle escaped slaves to Canada.
Ruth Wakefield made her home here shortly after adopting her first child in the late 1930s. Legend has it that she was brainstorming about cookie dough while returning from a vacation in Egypt when she first came up with the chocolate chip cookie recipe, a variation of another popular treat called Butter Drop Do pecan icebox cookies - (which doesn't roll of the tongue quite as nicely).
Her original plan was said to have involved melting squares of baker's unsweetened chocolate and adding it to the blond batter. But, supposedly, the only chocolate she has available was a Nestlé semisweet bar, and she was too rushed to melt it. With an ice pick, she chopped the bar into bits and dribbled them into the brown sugar dough with nuts.
The cookies proved to be such a scrumptious success that Ruth had no choice but to repeat the recipe. She called her new invention the "Chocolate Crunch Cookie" and published the recipe in several Boston and New England newspapers.
She later sold Nestlé the rights to print her recipe on the back of its packages for $1, and was hired to consult the company - for which she received free chocolate for life, according to her obituary.
"It's incredibly rare that a home of historical significance with such a unique harmony between the human and natural environments becomes available," said Elad Bushari. "The owners' love and respect for both the local habitat and original narrative of the home is evident throughout the property."
In recent years, an extensive two-story addition was completed on the estate, expanding the home to 8,600 square-feet on more than three acres.
Its romantic bayside setting in the South Shore offers unparalleled panoramic water views and privacy.
59 Pill Hill Lane maintains its rich, period details that serve to evoke a nostalgic appeal. The residence is meticulously designed for the consummate entertainer, with:
- An in-ground swimming pool with hot tub
- A private dock
- A private nature trail
- An Eagle's nest
- Garage parking for 8 cars
Entering from the fielded oak front door, the gracious foyer rotunda features a domed ceiling, custom radius windows, and patterned marble and granite floor.
The adjoining dining room and study are distinguished by hand-hewn, coffered ceiling beams, pine flooring and custom fireplaces.
The living room affords sweeping water views while offering an abundance of natural light from its walls of windows.
The second floor hosts five bedrooms and a spacious media room with an outdoor Jacuzzi.
The master suite comes complete with walk-in closets, as well as a bathroom with patterned Verdi marble finishes, Kohler spa and glass/brass shower.
With rich history and palatial architectural heritage, 59 Pill Hill Lane offers the ultimate in intimate waterfront living.
59 Pill Hill Lane, Duxbury, MA
5+ Bedrooms | 4 Full, 2 Half Bathrooms | 8,600 Square-Feet
Duxbury: A History Behind the Neighborhood
A picture-perfect Colonial landscape of historic ship captains' homes, Duxbury is a welcoming seaside community along greater Boston's south shore.
By the time European settlers arrived in the area, Wampanoag Native Americans had referred to the region as "Mattakeesett", meaning "place of many fish." Pilgrims flocked to the region, where they came to work on their farms during the warm months and return to Plymouth during the winter. By 1637, Duxbury was officially founded. The town boomed during the shipbuilding era, immediately after the American Revolution. As merchant families began to amass large fleets, shipyards flourished and Duxbury prospered.
Duxbury would soon gain reputation as an idyllic summer resort, with a convenient location just a half-hour south of Boston. Families are attracted to the public schools, library, and wealth of shops and restaurants which give the town a feel of a small, classic New England community. The town has become one of the nation's go-to seafood and oyster sources. With its gorgeous sand beaches, Colonial homes, museums and galleries Duxbury offers a Cape Cod-esque destination without the crowds.
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