In 1971, Robert Stone, owner of the Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis, purchased the Brewster property from the Sea Pines School across the street. The farmhouse had housed the school’s library, chemistry lab, photo lab, and dormitory of The Sea Pine School for girls; the barn was used as the stable for the student’s horses. Mary Anne McCann leased the barn from Mr. Stone in March of 1971 without ever seeing the interior of the barn and opened The Strawberry Patch in May of that year. There were very few gift shops or antiques shops in Brewster at that time.
The federal trademark which has been used to describe the product line since 1971 is HAND-TIQUES®—lovely handmade items that will become antiques. The Strawberry Patch name was chosen because of the strawberry is the fruit symbolizing the fullness of summer. When the interior of the barn was first seen by Miss McCann, the life-size black horse (now named Strawberry) was standing in the first stall on the left. After days of pitching hay and cleaning the barn, the display of merchandise in the original horse stalls and loft began. Most of the items were made by family and friends and placed in the shop on consignment. The business was open that year from Memorial weekend through Labor Day.
Five years later, Mary Anne and her new husband George Boyd purchased the house and the barn and began what became a continuous restructuring and ongoing renovation of the 1870’s buildings. Because there was no heat in the barn, the shop was moved into the house for several winters in order to help pay the mortgage during those off-season months. Eventually, business merited keeping the shop open all year in the barn. As business increased, additions on to the barn were built. The first addition was built in 1980, the second in 1984, the third in 1986. The beautiful gardens were planted through the years following the additions to the barn-a field of thousands of yellow daffodils to the east of the house that bloom in the Spring; a row of blue hydrangeas along the western driveway which bloom in June; hundreds of dahlias that bloom from July until first frost; and a long row of arctic daisies that bloom in October. The Children’s Maze and the Garden Railway were added in 1997.
Today, the life-size black horse “Strawberry” welcomes you to this unique gift shop located one mile east of the Brewster Store in an 137-year-old horse barn. Gifts are displayed in the original stalls, antique tools hang from the loft and ceilings and the shop is surrounded by award winning gardens, a garden railroad and a garden maze.
The Strawberry Patch is full of enchanting gifts and home decorating accessories, toys, dolls, rugs, Christmas ornaments and decorations, baby clothes and gifts, handmade quilts, prints and ship models, kitchen items, and much, much more.
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