The Former Masconomo Hotel Site

On the site of the former Masconomo Hotel and Booth cottage is a private home in Manchester-by-the-Sea. 

IN THE LATE 19th CENTURY—the era of grand summer hotels on Cape Ann—The Masconomo House in Manchester attracted statesmen, celebrities and socialites.  It was built by a Booth—the most esteemed name in American theater.  Three Booth brothers emerged from their legendary father, Junius’, mountainous shadow: Junius Jr., who retired at the estate near Singing Beach, Edwin, who became America’s most beloved actor, and the youngest and most infamous brother—John Wilkes.

The story begins in England with Junius Sr., a world-renowned Shakespearean thespian in the early 1800s.

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1623 Studios' Timeline: Cape Ann series focuses on interesting areas of local history. Kory Curcuru shares these dispatches with our readers here in The Cricket.  Email him at