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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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Neat history lesson

The oldest house is a fun stop to make on the island. We loved looking at the old architecture and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jetkaiser
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Still standing strong

Unbelievable how families survived and lived back in time. Nantucket had no trees then so heating... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TarHeel071
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Nantucket's oldest standing residence dates back to 1686.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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16 Sunset Hill Ln, Nantucket, MA 02554-3626
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank jetkaiser
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank TarHeel071
Reviewed 18 August 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 5 August 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

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

Reviewed 18 July 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

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

Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

This dates from 1676 and was a wedding present for the couple by their fathers who had had a long running argument over land. Very good docent lead tour. This is part of the Nantucket Historical Association pass.More

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

Dear Ron, Thank you for taking the time to review 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. Additionally,...More

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

So old house that is well preserved. Guided tour, informative. More interesting to the parents than the kids. If just adults on your trip, or the kids are into old houses then do it. With guided tour maybe 20 minutesMore

Thank walt42
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House), responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Oldest House. We are glad you enjoyed your tour through Nantucket's oldest residence! However, we are sorry you felt that the Oldest House was not interesting for the children on your trip. We strive to entertain all...More

Reviewed 6 June 2017

Since we visited Nantucket a couple of days prior to Memorial Day weekend, the Oldest House was not open. Still, it was a nice walk from the wharf area to the house. It's rather amazing that such an old building still exists. We enjoyed seeing...More

Thank Maui2014NMR
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House), responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Oldest House! You are correct, the Oldest House is open daily to the public Memorial Day through Columbus Day weekend, and during that time we have staff on-hand to provide visitors with a history of the house...More

Reviewed 7 May 2017

The chimney pattern gives rise to the alternate name "Horseshoe House". First house in Nantucket, only open in season.More

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

Dear David, Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Oldest House. We are glad you enjoyed your trip to the oldest residence on Nantucket, built in 1686. We thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review, we hope to...More

Reviewed 15 November 2016

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.More

Thank Sandi_Jayne
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House), responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2017

Dear Sandi, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Oldest House. You are correct, the Oldest House is open daily to the public Memorial Day through Columbus Day weekend, and during that time we have staff on-hand to provide visitors with a...More

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