7 Cook Street

7 Cook Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

7 Cook Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Another ornament on an especially lovely street, No. 7 is either composed entirely of a house that Sylvanus Hughes brought up from Truro in 1874 or is a fusion of the Truro structure with a home built by the Cook family in 1836. (There is some discrepancy in accounts.) John Jay Wooldridge, one of the current owners, said that Edward Hopper stayed here when it was a private home. Michael Cunningham told me that he wrote parts of his first novel, A Home at the End of the World, in an upstairs room of what was then a lawyer’s office. Lisa Feistel and Doreen Birdsell were so enticed by the Inn at Cook Street when they were guests here in 2003 that they bought it two years later. Wooldridge and Patrick Flaherty purchased it in 2014 and kept the name. Cunningham’s little retreat is called the Writer’s Room.


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