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Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House)

16 Sunset Hill Ln, Nantucket, MA 02554-3626
+1 508-228-1894
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NHA's Oldest House

NHA (Nantucket Whaling Museum on Broad Street) has a series of excellent Island-wide attractions... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jm2r
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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Worth a visit

We visited Nantucket Island at the start of February, the off-season - a really lovely, sunny day... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2018
PlesFam
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Nantucket's oldest standing residence dates back to 1686.
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  • Average16%
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16 Sunset Hill Ln, Nantucket, MA 02554-3626
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

NHA (Nantucket Whaling Museum on Broad Street) has a series of excellent Island-wide attractions: Greater Light, The Old Mill (1746) and the Oldest House (1686) at 16 Sunset Hill. Purchase tickets at the museum for a day pass to all these wonderful attractions! We biked...More

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Reviewed February 24, 2018

We visited Nantucket Island at the start of February, the off-season - a really lovely, sunny day. As our family were among the original white settlers on Nantucket (the Coffin family) and we were visiting from New Zealand, we had made contact with staff at...More

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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

There were four adults in our party. The tour guide was young and very informative. We learned the true history of the widow's peak in Nantucket. The guide did a great job of explaining the way the house was designed to take advantage of the...More

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Reviewed October 1, 2017

Today we went to the Whaling Museum and enjoyed our time with a great guide. Next we walked to the Oldest House and waited 25 minutes with a chain across the door with a sign stating a tour was in progress. The guide then came...More

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Reviewed September 30, 2017

If your interested in old houses this is a must see. Museum guides were great. Guides were very knowledgeable.

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Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

The oldest house is a fun stop to make on the island. We loved looking at the old architecture and the windows. You won't spend too much time here, but worth a stop.

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Reviewed August 27, 2017

Unbelievable how families survived and lived back in time. Nantucket had no trees then so heating, shelter, food, etc. was a feat in its self.

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Reviewed August 18, 2017

We rented bikes for the day from Youngs. They gave us a map of the area that had colored outlines to follow. The different routes took us past beaches, lighthouses, cobblestone streets, beautiful homes and very old structures like this one. I wished I had...More

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Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

We went to the whaling museum and this was part of our package. It's the oldest house on the island. Our tour started out by the old tree in the front yard. Then we went in and we saw how the rich people lived back...More

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House), responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2017

Thank you for reviewing your trip to the Oldest House. We're thrilled that you got to learn about the original owners of the house and then see it in person, as it truly brings Nantucket's history to life! We thank you again for taking the...More

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Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

This is an interesting historic home that gives you a perspective on what was once high-class on the island. It's worth the money for a tour, but they are only open 11-4.More

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House), responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2017

Thank you so much for visiting our Oldest House historic property last summer. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the oldest surviving structure on Nantucket and learning about the history of the Gardner and Coffin families. We hope to see you...More

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