Cogswell’s Grant is an American folk art museum in Essex, Massachusetts that was once the summer home of art collectors Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little. It is not a museum in the usual sense in that it has been left essentially as the Little's did when they died in the early 1990s (all of the pieces of art were catalogued and photographed and returned to their locations in the house). In 1929, the Little's bought the house, which was built in 1728, restored it and used it as a summer home for their family (it was and remains a working farm) and to house their growing folk art collection. The house is the only place in the country where a major folk art collection can be seen in its original setting as arranged by the collectors.
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