Restoration/Renovation Retail/Hospitality

SCIC Renovates ICO’s Winsor House

Island Creek Oysters’ Winsor House

Duxbury, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCIC) recently completed work on a $400,000 renovation project at Island Creek Oysters’ Winsor House, a historical landmark located at 390 Washington St. in Duxbury. SCIC completed work in July 2021 and the Winsor House was open for business in November 2021.

The Winsor House, located adjacent to the farm, serves as the food and hospitality flagship for Island Creek Oysters, offering dinner Wednesdays through Sundays. “As a company located south of Boston, we certainly have an appreciation of the history of the region and its hidden treasures,” said Henry Quinlan, SCIC president. “The Winsor House certainly is all that and more and it was a pleasure to help get this historic building ready to delight customers.”

The Winsor House

The renovation featured the reconfiguration of the first floor dining room, including the removal of existing walls and the addition of structural supports. A new bar, which included custom carpentry, was added while the existing bar received a renovation. Hand painted wall murals were added to the in carriage house room. Historical windows and doors were replaced and access ramps added.

Built in 1803 by the Winsors, a fishing and merchant family who found success in Duxbury’s bourgeoning shipping industry, the Winsor House has long served as a landmark in the community. When Island Creek Oysters launched its annual Oyster Festival in 2006, attendees would gather at the Winsor House parking lot to enjoy fresh oysters and cold beer.

“Stewarding the Winsor House into the future is a very humbling, full circle feeling to me and many on the ICO team,” said Skip Bennett, founder and owner at Island Creek Oysters. “The Winsor House is where my family has gathered for generations; having it under the Island Creek umbrella still feels surreal.”