Cahoon Museum of American Art

4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, MA 02635


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The Cahoon Museum of American Art -- named in honor of Ralph and Martha Cahoon, the most famous folk artists the Cape has ever produced -- is located in their former home, the 1775 Crocker homestead. The Museum collection includes work by American artists of the 19th through 21st centuries, with holdings of Portraiture, Landscape and Maritime painting.

The notable distinction of the museum, of course, is the collection of folk painting which drew upon Swedish, Pennsylvania-German and American folk traditions. 

The Cahoons also painted folk designs of their own invention, Ralph gravitating to scenes with sailors and mermaids, while Martha specialized in country scenes and such natural motifs as flowers, shells and birds.