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Address: 16 Sunset Hill Ln, Nantucket, MA 02554-3626
Phone Number: +1 508-228-1894
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Nantucket's oldest standing residence dates back to 1686.

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Absolutely Charming

I got a little lost using the map provided to me at the Whaling Museum (your ticket is needed to view the home from the inside), so it was helpful to have my Nantucket town map as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 19, 2016
Amanda M
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Portage, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled upon the Oldest House while out for an evening walk. The building was not open, but we could see there is a working garden. Likely better seen in spring or summer.

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Portage, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I got a little lost using the map provided to me at the Whaling Museum (your ticket is needed to view the home from the inside), so it was helpful to have my Nantucket town map as well. After the 10+ minute walk, some of it uphill, the sight of my smiling docent was a welcome sight. She took me... More 

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Thank Amanda M
New York City, New York
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842 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Square with chimney on top, traditional american house of old, old days but very interesting place to visit.

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Thank Jun J
California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Nantucket is filled with wonderful early American history and this is one of its landmarks. A memorial to the whaling industry that dominated Nantucket for years.

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Thank foxieCalifornia
Sutton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

This is such an amazing house, and a trip back in time. The guided tour was terrific. Very much worth the short walk from town.

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Thank Chris B
Windsor, Canada
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

The tourguide which we had was a wealth of historical information. Even though the rooms were sparcely furnished. She made us visualize the surroundings and we could imagine being inhabitants of that time

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Thank niagaratraveller2016
somerset nj
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Walking up you think it's a single family home, but for the most part it was used for meetings, weddings and group functions. The fire places are incredible. If you go, stand in the fireplace and look up the chimney (you'll need the flashlight from your cell phone. It's pretty cool.

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Thank ogura98
Larchmont, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Our tickets to the Whaling Museum included a tour of this historic site. Our guide pointed out numerous aspects of the home that told the story of life during that time and indicated how this was grander than the typical family dwelling. Overall this added to the richness of our immersion in local history. For the adults in our group... More 

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Thank soundswimmer
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

This in a nicely restored very old house giving one a feel for the setting of early Nantucket home life.

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Thank TWDickinson
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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