296A Commercial Street

Painting by Ross Moffett, from the Helen and Napi Van Dereck Collection.

Painting by Ross Moffett, from the Helen and Napi Van Dereck Collection.

296A Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

296A Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Now the Moffett House Inn B&B, this charmingly situated Federal-style Cape was built around 1820. The artists Ross Moffett and Dorothy Lake Gregory Moffett used it for more than 50 years as a home and studio, said Josephine Del Deo, author of the Moffett biography, Figures in a Landscape. He lived in town from 1913 until his death in 1971, and wrote Art in Narrow Streets, an account of the art scene in the early 20th century, which you can still find in local bookstores. But his most important role was in the campaign to create the Cape Cod National Seashore in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Edward Brady and Kenneth Summerbell bought the property in 1977 and turned it into a guest house. It was run until 2004 by Keith Brickel, after which Russ Olevsky took over and refurbished it.


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