A History of 59 Pill Hill Lane - A Palatial Waterfront Estate Now For Sale in Duxbury at $8.9M

A History of 59 Pill Hill Lane - A Palatial Waterfront Estate Now For Sale in Duxbury at $8.9M

Now for sale at $8.9 million, this historic residence offers the ultimate in panoramic water views and privacy in a natural setting.

59 Pill Hill Lane, Duxbury, MA

5+ Bedrooms | 4 Full, 2 Half Bathrooms | 8,600 Square-Feet


59 Pill Hill Lane: A History Behind the Home


The house traces its roots to Colonial times, originally built in 1747 as the "Joshua Thomas House" and solely accessible by water. It’s been witness to Duxbury's shipbuilding era throughout the years, being passed on to several mariners, shipbuilders and shipwrights.

00overlooked-images-two-slide-GI87-facebookJumboRuth 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.

Wakefield's cookbook, “Toll House Tried and True Recipes,” would soon become a kitchen mainstay.

"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.

59 Pill Hill Lane, Duxbury, MA Extraordinary Waterfront Estate for Sale

Great care has been given to the home in order to preserve its history while elevating it with new additions and updates. The house contains significant examples of mid-18th century architecture such as heavy, hand-hewn gunstock beams, pinioned rafters, wide board feather-edged paneling and a three hearth system fireplace. In recent years, an extensive, two-story addition was completed, expanding the home to 8,600 square-feet on more than three acres of remarkably private waterfront.

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Entering the estate from the fielded oak front door, the spacious foyer rotunda features a domed ceiling, custom radius windows, and patterned marble and granite floor. With a wealth of windows throughout the home, the estate imparts a perfect harmony with the coastal tides.

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Striking views of the Kingston Bay can be seen from the Great Room, the Piano Hall and the Master bedroom - While the library room and kitchen show off views of the wetlands.

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The kitchen features soaring 16ft ceilings and custom-made cabinets with cherry accent trims and base moldings. A wealth of sunlight spreads throughout the room from electrically-operated skylights and massive transom windows.

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59 Pill Hill’s second floor hosts five bedrooms and a spacious media room with an outdoor Jacuzzi. The master suite comes complete with walk-in closets and bathroom with patterned Verdi marble finishes, glass and brass shower, Kohler spa and sauna.

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The estate's surrounding grounds make it the ideal respite for the consummate entertainer and nature lover. Make the most of the warm months on the bluestone custom-heated in-ground pool, hot tub and tidal dock.

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Adjacent to the pool area is a koi pond and curving wetland nature trail complete with a boardwalk, bridges, lights and wealth of flora. This unique area allows for both children and adults to immerse themselves in a natural wetlands setting rarely seen in the state. The osprey's nest set close to the bay is regularly occupied by a returning family of ospreys. This immaculate home is complete with a lower level garage with parking for 8 cars.

Experience the ultimate in New England waterfront living. Experience 59 Pill Hill - now for sale in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Exclusively listed by The Bushari Team at Compass.

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59 Pill Hill Lane, Duxbury, MA

5+ Bedrooms | 4 Full, 2 Half Bathrooms | 8,600 Square-Feet


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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.

nh__1538069712By 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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