Order a House History

Every house has a story to tell

A House History by Historic Cape Cod will follow the unique story of your home from its origin to the present. A multi-page narrative identifies your home’s earliest residents and the events of their lives, and relates them to the larger events occurring on Cape Cod and beyond. Numerous sources will be consulted including: deeds, maps, historic photographs, plot plans, probate records, cemetery records, family papers, town records, newspapers, and census records. Upon the completion of your house history, Historic Cape Cod will suggest the wording for your house plaque, subject to your approval. These markers not only benefit homeowners who can proudly display their home's building date and original owner, but they also allow neighbors and visitors a glimpse into the history of the home. ​These house histories and plaques help advocate for the preservation of historically significant buildings and streetscapes for future generations to enjoy.

Your participation in this program helps to support historic preservation efforts, provides information about the Cape's architectural development, and builds a sense of pride in our community. 

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H O U S E   G E N E A L O G Y

This option includes a deed search that traces the ownership of the house and determines and/or confirms the original or approximate building date, owner, and when applicable, the architect.

Cost: $350
Time: Approximately 2-3 months from the time that the home is assigned to an available researcher, then an additional 2-3 weeks for the creation of the plaque. Please order early when planning for holidays and gifting.  

Deliverable: A frame-worthy chart that traces the ownership of your home and a custom house plaque.

Please Note: Upon completion, House Histories may be made accessible to the general public through an online database and copies may be distributed to appropriate archives, museums, libraries and historical societies. This helps ensure the future preservation of these buildings and their history.

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H O U S E   H I S T O R Y 


This option includes a full house history that traces the ownership of your home, determines and/or confirms the original or approximate building date, owner, and when applicable, the architect. The house history provides a social narrative of previous occupants (occupations, children, heritage, etc.) and contextual history, such as what was happening on Cape Cod during the house’s existence. 

Cost: $950
Time: Approximately 3-6 months from the time that the home is assigned to an available researcher, then an additional 2-3 weeks for the creation of the plaque. Please order early when planning for holidays and gifting. 

Deliverable: Approximately 5-10 page narrative document, frame-worthy chart that traces the ownership and occupants of your home, copies of all available supporting documents, photographs, maps, and a custom house plaque.

Due to the retention schedule of public records, House Histories are recommended for homes built prior to 1940. For homes built after 1940, please consider purchasing a House Genealogy. 

Please Note: Upon completion, House Histories may be made accessible to the general public through an online database and copies may be distributed to appropriate archives, museums, libraries and historical societies. This helps ensure the future preservation of these buildings and their history.
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