Nonquitt, technically part of Dartmouth, was established as a private, 455 acre summer colony in 1872. It has remained close to that to this day.
As with so many of these summer colonies, however, more and more of these homes are occupied year round.
"At the time I couldn't believe a place like Nonquitt still existed, the cars going ten miles an hour, four-year-olds in tennis whites running in packs..."
- John Davis Spooner, in Nonquitt A Summer Album, 1872-1985.
"It was a lovely piece of shoreside property with fields and sheep pastures abutting on Buzzards Bay - Sheep folds enclosed by high stone walls....," as quoted by Sally Morse Aldrich, in Nonquitt A Summer Album, 1872-1985.
"Nonquitt, as always, is repetitive and conservative. It reflects and cares about nature."
- William Julian Underwood, in Nonquitt A Summer Album, 1872-1985.
This was built in 1908 to hold a water tank, and to house a chauffeur/mechanic and two vintage cars.
There are plenty of very large and very old Copper Beech trees. With their long tap roots, they remain undaunted by hurricanes.
On this day, the gate was not working, and ever vigilant about keeping outsiders out, a guard was brought in.
"As a child, I always believed Winter Nonquitt began when the summer people left. They would drive away in their station wagons full of Golden Retrievers and golf clubs leaving the best place on earth to us."
- Waring Marshall Strebeigh, in Nonquitt A Summer Album, 1872-1985.