If you’re only going to see one historical site, it should be the Whaling Museum, but if you have time for two sites, this should be your second choice. On an island of historic buildings, this is officially the oldest, built in 1686 as a wedding gift for Jethro Coffin, a blacksmith, and his wife Mary Gardner, it is the sole surviving structure from the island’s original 17th-century English settlement. The interior gives an example of the spare existence of the early settlers. A kitchen garden and an apple orchard also help put the house into historic perspective.
Jethro Coffin House (“The Oldest House”)
16 Sunset Hill Lane (off W Chester Rd., about 1/2 mile northwest of the town center).
Our Rating Hours Late May to mid-Oct daily noon–5pm. Closed mid-Oct to late May Phone 508/228-1894 Prices Admission for historic sites only (not the Whaling Museum) $6 adults, $3 children; also included in Nantucket Historical Association's History Ticket ($20 adults, $5 children) Web site Jethro Coffin House (“The Oldest House”)
Map16 Sunset Hill Lane Nantucket
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