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Marietta Nilson has been a MA licensed real estate broker since 1980. Recently, she developed this website to meet the needs of the computer-literate buying public.

She was born at Cape Cod Hospital & grew up in Harwich. Her parents started the Country Inn in 1948.


  CD Cahoon's house
  Watercolor of the Country Inn


Her father, Bill Derwin, was a designer and builder of Cape homes noted for their colonial-style detailing and craftsmanship. Her mother, Rose Glynn Derwin, was a teacher in what at the time was a new subject: home economics. She says her dad was like Norm Abrams and her mom, Martha Stewart - but each more talented and ahead of their times. After working at Snow Inn, her parents purchased the Mitton farm on Sisson Road and turned it into the Country Inn in 1948.



.Marietta in her garden


She attended the Harwich public schools and graduated from Kingswood School Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI and Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.

Shortly after obtaining her real estate license, she successfully completed the National Association of REALTORS' classes for the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) permanent designation. She qualified for the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation in 1984, based on a dollar volume of transactions and continuing education classes. She has also completed the At Home with Diversity program. During her career she has been affiliated with local agencies in South Harwich, Orleans, Chatham and Brewster, giving her valuable real estate experience with areas outside Harwich. Her Certified Buyers Representative credential was obtained in 1998 to be able to accommodate buyers under the new MA agency disclosure laws. She studied under Diane Brothers, the national buyer agency trainer. She is also now one of only 500 Cape REALTORS (out of 2000 eligible) approved to use the SUPRA electronic lock boxes. Because lock boxes simplify getting buyers into listings, she strongly supports broader use of this timesaving device on the Cape. Marietta is a Notary Public.
CD Cahoon 

Marietta's Parallel Street real estate office is located in a c.1859 dwelling built by Alvin Cahoon, a sea captain and father of the artist, Charles D. Cahoon. Charles lived and painted in this house until 1951. Marietta's father had an extensive collection of Cahoon's paintings, so she grew up with great knowledge and appreciation of these paintings. They portray the Cape, its citizens, sand dunes, beaches, marine life, and architecture in the last century.

Cape Cod Sand Dune by Charles D. Cahoon, 1861 - 1951   

Images of the CD Cahoon paintings courtesy of Diamond Antique Paintings.    

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Barnstable Marsh by Charles D. Cahoon, 1861 - 1951

Preparing the Dory by Charles D. Cahoon, 1861 - 1951
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