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Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House)

16 Sunset Hill Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554
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Ranked #25 of 49 Attractions in Nantucket
Type: Historic Sites, Tours
Description: Nantucket's oldest standing residence dates back to 1686.
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Sydney, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
49 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Fascinating property in Nantucket with an excellent tour guide who took us around the house and garden. Make sure you give at least a couple of hours to this house, as there is a lot of history here. The property is on more than one level and not suitable inside for wheelchair access.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Very interesting place and well informed tour guides. Although it has been renovated and there are some replicas the house still retains its historic feel. Well worth the trip if you already have a Whaling Museum ticket as the site is included in the price. Make sure you check out the gardens/ park to the side of the house they... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nice old house, very interesting but our guide was not very informed. No one seemed to know much. They need to train their guides better. Ours was not all that friendly and whenever we asked questions he wasn't able to answer anything beyond the basic information. He didn't seem to have a real understanding of the time period of the... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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318 reviews 318 reviews
142 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I don't know about the "oldest" house moniker - since it's been put back together / renovated so much -- but it was an interesting tour. We did it as part of a biking tour, so it was a pleasant break.

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Woodstock, Connecticut
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I wanted to see an original historical house and thought that was what the "Oldest House" on Nantucket was. Although it was interesting to see how the early settlers lived, the home was actually ruined by fire and rebuilt. They did a nice job rebuilding but it's not authentic. Living in New England I have had the opportunity to visit... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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104 reviews 104 reviews
22 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

I have been to the Island many times and each time I stop by the Oldest House, it just gives me a good feeling and sets me in the mood for my entire trip. Very charming and historical. I have been coming to the Island since 1964 so I have many fond memories of this wonderful place.

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Easton, Massachusetts
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Glad we decided to visit despite the rainy day. The house has been renovated many times over the years due to age and natural disasters. It has retained its old character and feel. The middle chimney is fascinating. Would like to see more emphasis on decorating the rooms to reflect the time period. Seems to be a lot of uncertainty... More

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388 reviews 388 reviews
128 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We loved Nuntucket and also this house was really nice. It was also in a quiet position with a lot of green. We just visited the outside and take some picture and then continued to visit the rest of the island.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
33 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I am a Coffin descendant, so visiting this site was sort of like going home. The docent was very informative...although I may be biased. My partner was not thrilled that I took him to every historic site imaginable on Nantucket...but even he agreed, this site was worth visiting.

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Austin, TX
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105 reviews 105 reviews
20 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

I liked this place best (after inner light) on the NHA circuit. Definitely worth getting lost & schlepping it up the little hill for the enthusiastic talk given by the nice man who was our guide.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House), responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Oldest House this past fall. We're glad to hear that enjoyed learning about this historic property, as well as Greater Light, from our very knowledgeable staff members. We agree that it's worth the walk to check out one of the oldest surviving structures on the island! We thank you for visiting and we... More

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