The Avalon was built in 1909 by William Madison Wood, the wealthy and powerful head of the American Woolen Company. It was originally a summer retreat for Mr. Wood and his family. In 1918, during the last year of World War I, Mr. Wood turned the Avalon over to his daughter. Rosalind Wood, and she worked with the American Red Cross to create at the Avalon a convalescent hospital for wounded Allied officers. For two years, the house offered healthy surroundings; the finest care, and medical equipment; and relaxation, and peace of mind to wounded veterans.
From 1920 to 1957, the home transferred hands several times and operated as "The Inn on Cuttyhunk." In 1957, David Baumgarten bought the Avalon, and his wife, Marilyn Snow, lived in the house from 1962 through the remainder of her life. Upon her death in 1982, David created The Marilyn Snow House Foundation in her memory.
A Non-profit Organization:
The Marilyn Snow House Foundation is a charitable organization established for the purpose of benefiting Cuttyhunk. Ownership of the Avalon is now shared between the Foundation and the Baumgarten Family Trust. The Avalon is once again "The Inn on Cuttyhunk," enabling vacationers to share in the magical history of the property and enjoy the idyllic environment of Cuttyhunk Island.
In keeping with David Baumgarten's desire for the house to serve the community on Cuttyhunk, a portion of the home houses guest physicians who provide free healthcare for the Island during the summer months.