As you head east along the beach, No. 415 appears almost like an apparition. A sweet little butter-yellow Queen Anne-style cottage with a deep front porch, it would seem to belong upland, on some quiet side street — not down here on the rough-and-tumble waterfront, rising from the sea grass, exposed so nakedly to the elements. But here it is. The cottage was owned in the 1940s by Beatrice Welsh, the supervisor of vocal music in the school system, a landowner of consequence, daughter of Judge Walter Welsh and sister of Judge Robert Welsh. The cottage was purchased in 2009 by the actor Aaron Tone and his husband, Andrew Sullivan, former editor of The New Republic, author of Virtually Normal, editor of Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, and founder and editor of The Dish blog.
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