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Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House)

16 Sunset Hill Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-1894
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Ranked #22 of 49 attractions in Nantucket
Type: Historic Sites, Tours
Description: Nantucket's oldest standing residence dates back to 1686.
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Woodstock, Connecticut
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

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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22 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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Brussels
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388 reviews 388 reviews
128 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 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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8 helpful votes 8 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
59 helpful votes 59 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

Orlando, Florida, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful tour and well worth the stop by to view. I love hearing personal stories in history. This house represents two families that were able to come together.

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

Dear Alisa, Thank you so much for visiting our Oldest House historic property last summer. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed touring one of the oldest surviving structures on Nantucket and learning about the history of the Gardner and Coffin families. We hope to see you again someday! More

Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We had a WONDERFUL tour guide. She knows the history of the Coffin House quite well. She took her time telling us all about the history of the house and the concept of full-shares vs. half-shares. I could picture life in the Coffin house when it was 1st built. The gardens were at harvest and looking great. The Coffin name... More

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

Dear Ruth, Thank you for your wonderful review of the Oldest House and of your NHA guide. We are delighted that you had the opportunity to experience a stunning aspect of Nantucket history by visiting the only remaining house from the island's original settlement. Thank you again and we hope to see here in the future. More

Oneonta, New York
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104 reviews 104 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Jethro Coffin House, also known as the Oldest House, is a saltbox house built in 1686 and located on Sunset Hill Road in Nantucket, Massachusetts, is the oldest house on Nantucket in its original location and is the only surviving structure from the island's 17th Century English settlement. It is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Because of the brick design... More

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

Thank you so much for your comprehensive review of the Oldest House. We are so glad that you visited and enjoyed the history, architecture, and gardens of this NHA property. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to seeing you here again. More

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