Whether you are a lifelong resident of Cape Cod or a recent wash-ashore,
you probably know Taylor-Bray Farm as it has been for only the last few
years. But a lot has changed since 1639 when the Taylors first came
to Yarmouth. While there are no pictures of the farm from those very
early years, we do have some from the late 19th into the 20th century.
Oldest known photograph of the Taylor-Bray farmhouse circa 1863. The view is looking east toward the town of Dennis. Note the absence of trees on the hill in the background.
Photograph dated August 1948
August 1948 photograph of the west side of the farmhouse.
August 1948 photograph of the east side of the farmhouse.
Photo dated August 1948 of the "east side of the antique shop". It is one of the two surviving outbuildings at the farm, probably built sometime in the 19th century. The building, extended with a small room attached to this end, is now the home of the Taylor-Bray Farm caretakers.
Photograph dated November 1948. Note the absence of trees and the open vista of Black Flats marsh.
This photo, dated "fall 1949", shows a view of the farm looking west down a sandy lane which is now Bray Farm Road North. The farmhouse and the barn are visible in the distance.
Photo dated "early November, 1951". Shows the farmhouse after the Williams family updated it to include electricity, indoor plumbing and a modern heating system for the first time. By updating the house to mid-20th century standards, they also preserved it for future generations.
February 2, 1952 after a snow storm.
1950s view of the house.
1960 photo of the northeast corner of the house.
Here is your chance to earn Community Credit at Taylor-Bray Farm. There are opportunities to work with the animals and help with maintenance. You can also help at farm festivals and assist with school and camp visits. For more information email Maureen Clark, the Farm Education Coordinator.