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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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Short walk to hear interesting history

Admission to the oldest house comes with the whaling museum (you can not buy tickets at the house). We walked in and the tour guide asked if we wanted the short or long version... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While our tour guide was very pleasant, the talk she gave was misleading and this building is mostly a reconstruction because the original building burned after being hit by lightning. When someone commented that the doorways were low in height, she said that people were smaller back then. Anyone who knows history knows that this is a common misconception that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Admission to the oldest house comes with the whaling museum (you can not buy tickets at the house). We walked in and the tour guide asked if we wanted the short or long version of the tour - as we had not visited many other places on Nantucket we choose the long version. He provided history of the island, the... More 

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Thank KG_TXtraveler
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was in a car tour so I only saw the outside...there were 2 women sitting outside but not sure if they were tour guides or not..

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Thank Diane E
Pomfret, Connecticut
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here with the pass that we received as part of our admission to the whaling museum. It was less then a 10-minute walk from the museum, although it's not well-marked. Once we got here, our sweet and friendly tour guide took us on a tour through the house, which included a little bit of Nantucket history, information about... More 

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is very interisting. I went with my friends and had a great time . This place gets a lot of visitors in the summer. The old house resembles the set of a horror movie .

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Thank vperli
Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the Oldest House.It is a short walk past beautiful houses and gardens. We were greeted by Joan who set the stage historically about the island and the Coffin family who lived in the house. The house has been historically reconstructed due to a lightening strike on the chimney. Many details of each room were... More 

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

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Oldest House historic property. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about the history of one of the island's oldest families with some of our expert guides during your time with us. It sounds like you really got a lot out of your tour, and we agree -... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

the Oldest House, dates back to 1686 and the only house of that era, according to our precocious docent, that is in its original location, In addition to a great spot on its own, it's all the more real given that it's tucked away in a living neighborhood, just as it may have been 330 years ago. Access to the... More 

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

Dear Dan, Thank you for your review of your visit to our Oldest House historic property. We're glad to hear you enjoyed exploring this sort of hidden gem on Nantucket with one of our expert guides. We're also thrilled that you found value in your All-Access Pass admission ticket, which includes entrance to our historic sites, as well as the... More 

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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.

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

Dear Lynne, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Oldest House historic property. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed visiting the Whaling Museum first, and then used your All-Access Pass admission tickets to visit some of our other sites as well. We're thrilled that you got to learn about the original owners of the house... More 

Boynton Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
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.

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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.

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

Dear Randy, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Oldest House historic property. We love hearing from descendants of the original proprietors, and we're so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Jethro Coffin house! We're thrilled that you found value in your All-Access Pass admission ticket, which provides visitors an entry to the Whaling Museum... More 

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