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The Cornelius Burgess House

101 Hillman St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA


The Cornelius Burgess House is a Federal Style Cape located in the North Bedford Historic District of New Bedford. This home features period moldings, large rooms, high ceilings, and 3 fireplaces. The updated kitchen includes new, never used KitchenAid appliances with extended warranties, a pantry and a new mudroom with laundry. In keeping with the integrity of the Kohler vintage fixtures, you will find new hexagon marble flooring and modernized lighting with chrome in the main washroom. There is an additional kitchen in the cellar with a walkout to newly crafted raised vegetable and herb beds along with a bench and slate grilling space. As you venture through your backyard, you will find a private 425 square foot grassed sanctuary with a reclaimed brick firepit and a new deck for Yoga and Entertaining. There is a Quartz Crystal sitting rock for meditation. Perennial gardens throughout, newer windows, newer roof, and a two car driveway. Within walking distance to the Vineyard and Nantucket Ferries, Colleges, Restaurants, Cultural Events, Concerts, Fireworks and Theatre. In close proximity to Parks, Beaches and to the new T. This is your chance to own a beautiful piece of history.

HOME HISTORY: This home was built by the housewrights, Cornelius Burgess and his son Obadiah, in 1831. This house is a three-quarter width house with a tall thin Federal entry. The rectangular transom light is framed by imposts decorated by triglyphs, a detail seen in other houses associated with the Burgessess. The lintel is supported by thin plasters, typical of the delicate proportions of the Federal Style.

Instead of the usual central chimney one finds in a Cape cottage, this house has 3 chimneys. Two small chimneys on the East side and a long high chimney in the center of the ell in the back. They appear to be built of ballast bricks – handmade bricks which were used as ballast in ships.

According to the deed search, this house was built in about 20 days between the third of November and the twentieth-third of November, 1831. This house may have been moved here from Nantucket, but such movement is difficult to trace and cannot be proved. There are many building contracts of Cornelius Burgess and his son, Obadiah, in the Registry of Deeds.

This home was the recipient of the Elm Award. The Elm Award recognizes individuals or … preservation or adaptive reuse of historic New Bedford properties.

101 Hillman was inducted into the National Register of Historical Places on 09/19/1979.

• Please be advised that home updates are currently being made and some pictures shown are not of finished renovations. Pictures will be updated as
improvements are completed.

• Shown by appointment only. Viewings will be accepted at seller’s discretion based on lender’s preapproval and/or proof of funding. Sellers and Seller’s Agent will be taking proper precautions due to the COVID-19 and expect the same in return.


  • Property ID
  • 3
  • 1.5
  • Square Footage
    1625 sqft
  • Lot Size
    0.08 acres
  • Cape
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    Year Built

Updated on May 10, 2020 at 3:05 pm


  • Address: 101 Hillman St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA
  • City: New Bedford
  • State/county: Massachusetts
  • Zip/Postal Code: 02740
  • Country: United States


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