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Nantucket's Oldest House - Jethro Coffin House Built in 1868 with a Saltbox Design
The Jethro Coffin House is the oldest house in Nantucket. It was built in 1686 with a style called a saltbox. The Coffin House is the only surviving structure on Nantucket Island that is from the 17th Century. Nantucket was an English settlement when this house was built. The house was abandoned during the Civil War. It was in 1923 that the Nantucket Historical Association obtained the property. In 1968 the Jethro Coffin House was declared a National Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Nantucket's Oldest House - Jethro Coffin House Built in 1868
" Built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner, it is the sole surviving structure from the island's original seventeenth-century English settlement.

Jethro Coffin, who is listed as a blacksmith at the time of his death in 1727, was the grandson of one of the island's first white settlers and original proprietors, Tristram Coffin.

Coffin sold the house in 1708 to island weaver Nathaniel Paddack. From the Paddack family, it passed into the hands of George Turner, a cooper, in the 1840s. Turner later abandoned the building during the depressed years of the Civil War.

The Coffin Family Reunion of 1881 led to renewed interest in preservation and restoration of the structure. The Nantucket Historical Association acquired the house in 1923, and conducted a reconstruction of the original settlement in partnership with the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA, now called Historic New England).

In 1987, the Oldest House was struck by lightning, and underwent restoration under the guidance of John Milner Architects, Inc. It stands today as a monument to the lives of the island's earliest settlers." http://www.nha.org/sites/oldesthouse.html
Nantucket's Oldest House - Jethro Coffin House is also called the Horseshoe House due to the shape of the brick fireplace
The fireplace has a unique brick design in the shape of a horse shoe. Some refer to the house as the Horseshoe House.
Nantucket's Oldest House - Table, Chairs and Utensils
Table, Chairs & Utensils
Nantucket Histoical Association: Click Here for their website.
Hours: Open from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Daily. Tours are every 1/2 hour, last tour at 3:30. Admission.
Address: 16 Sunset Hill Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-1894J
Click Here to see The Oldest House in Nantucket at Google Maps.
Bibliography:
Beals, Fred. Windmill List. Society for the Preservation of Old Mills. Mishawaka IN 2002
Burrows, Fredrika A. Windmills on Cape Cod and the Islands Tauton, Mass: William S. Sullwold Publishing, Inc, 1978. 92-97.
Cape Cod. Map. Rand McNally, 2000.
Nantucket Historical Association. www.nha.org Nantucket MA. 2002.
"Nantucket Proud of Its Ancient Windmill." No publisher. No date.
Turner, H. B. "Nantucket's Old Wind-Mill." The Inquirer and Mirror 2 Aug 1941; Nantucket Historical Association 77-30 (22f) P.F.M.
Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jethro_Coffin_House

 

 

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