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Address: 16 Sunset Hill Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: 508-228-1894
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Nantucket's oldest standing residence dates back to 1686.

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Walk to the oldest house

First go to the Whaling Museum to learn of Nantucket's past and about the owners of the oldest house. It is a pleasant walk from town and nice to see the house and large property... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
Lynne G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

First go to the Whaling Museum to learn of Nantucket's past and about the owners of the oldest house. It is a pleasant walk from town and nice to see the house and large property in person.

Thank Lynne G
Boynton Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Love being on Nantucket Island. It has such a relaxed feeling being away from the mainland but Sightseeing is not the reason to travel here.

Thank BigoBoca
Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I went here because I am a Coffin descendant. The house is interesting, well preserved and well presented on the docent led tour. A real look into how people lived then. A ticket to the Whaling Museum allows access to all the Nantucket Historical Assn sites of which this is one.

1 Thank Randy M
Milan, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The Oldest House is very cool. It is included in the price of Whaling museum ticket so certainly worth the trip. The tour is very informative regarding the Coffin family. The house is surprisingly big for an "oldest house"....very interesting and we were very glad we made the walk over to see it.

Thank Aubrey B
Richboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the Oldest House. The tour guide was fabulous. We learned a lot about the history of the family that once lived there

Thank Lisa M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

The oldest structure on an historic island deserves a lot more pomp and circumstances. It's rarely open and almost not promoted at all, but should be.

Thank Richard C
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

its not much but the historical value is great. you get a tour guide to take you around and there is a lot of history told but you need some time to go around probably about an hour with all the tour guide information, even though the house itself is small.

1 Thank AneleW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Loved the "COFFIN" family history of Nantucket. Worth the visit if you have the time. Very friendly staff.

Thank mindyourbusiness
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There is no describing the feeling of stepping into this centuries-old homestead. The grounds, the building, the garden out back...everything makes you feel as though you really have traveled back. Our docent, a recent high school grad, knew her stuff and made the entire event a treat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We wandered over to the oldest house and enjoyed a leisurely tour of this interesting old building. Fascinating to see how people lived and what were indications of affluence in the 1600's. Loved especially the kitchen garden.

Thank Boomerang3333

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