10 Brewster Street

10 Brewster Street, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

10 Brewster Street, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Susan Leonard and Rosemary Hillard, 10 Brewster Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Susan Leonard and Rosemary Hillard, 10 Brewster Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

The northern half of Louis Cordeiro’s Brewster Street colony is still in the hands of the Cordeiro family. The shed-like building with a second-story deck began in the Beach Point section of North Truro as two cottages, known as Fore and Aft. They were brought here and united by a second story. Current residents include the artist and poet Rosemary Hillard and her partner Susan Leonard, among the leading local historians of the current generation. She’s been instrumental in capturing the soon-to-be-lost stories of the Portuguese community and preserving them in the annual Provincetown Portuguese Festival booklet. The old Fore-and-Aft building is not the only Truro import on Brewster; No. 27 was shipped up here on flat cars shortly after the Old Colony Railroad reached Provincetown in 1873.


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