You Can Buy the Toll House Cookie Inventor’s House, But You’ll Need a Lot of Dough

published May 24, 2019
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When it comes to this sprawling estate, cookie dough takes on a double meaning.

Listed at $8.9 million, it’s the expansive five-bed, five-full/two-half bath home that previously belonged to Ruth Wakefield, creator of the Toll House Cookie. With her husband, Wakefield owned the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass., where she cooked up delectable treats in the kitchen.

In the late 1930s, Wakefield was baking cookies, but the only chocolate she had available was a Nestle semisweet bar. Pressed for time, she chopped up the bar into bits with an ice pick and dribbled them into the brown sugar dough with nuts. She named it the “Chocolate Crunch Cookie,” and one of the world’s most iconic desserts was born.

Wakefield soon connected with chocolate titan Nestle, and the company began printing her recipe on the packaging for all their bars. Her cookbook, “Toll House Tried and True Recipes,” would become a kitchen mainstay. And judging from the looks of her 8,600-square-foot estate in Duxbury, Mass., she made quite the amount of dough off that cookie.

Originally built in 1745, the expansive home, which is being sold by The Bushari Team of Compass, is set on over three acres in picturesque Duxbury. Tucked in an intimate bayside setting overlooking the water, the property has panoramic views of the South Shore. The home has been extensively renovated in recent years, adding on a two-story addition while still embracing its period details like warm pine paneling, wainscoting, and custom fielded fireplaces. 

Step inside the field oak front door to a gracious foyer with a domed ceiling, patterned marble and granite floor, and custom radius windows. An adjoined dining room and study feature hand-hewn, coffered ceiling beams overhead. Walls of windows stream in natural light, while the spacious living room provides sweeping views of the water.

On the second floor, there’s a large media room, as well as the five large bedrooms. The master suite features an elegantly finished bathroom, with patterned Verdi maybe finishes, and a glass/brass shower. The sprawling great room is ideal for entertaining guests, and as you’d expect, the kitchen is built for a chef. The peaceful waterside location has a large back porch and private dock. There’s also an in-ground swimming pool and hot tub, nature trails, eagle’s nests, and an 8-car garage. 

While the original Toll House Inn burned down in 1984, the site is still designated with a historic marker. Wakefied passed away in 1977, after spending her golden years in this home. And if you’re wondering if Wakefield’s recipe still gets as much action as it used to, you’re in luck: Nestle still publishes Wakefield’s recipe on the package of their Toll House Morsels. Just call it the house that chocolate chip cookies built.