Jethro Coffin House

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Jethro Coffin House
Jethro Coffin House, Sunset Hill, Nantucket (Nantucket County, Massachusetts).jpg
Jethro Coffin House
Jethro Coffin House is located in Massachusetts
Jethro Coffin House
Location Sunset Hill Road, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°17′15″N 70°6′25″W / 41.28750°N 70.10694°W / 41.28750; -70.10694Coordinates: 41°17′15″N 70°6′25″W / 41.28750°N 70.10694°W / 41.28750; -70.10694
Built 1686
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private (Nantucket Historical Association)
NRHP Reference # 68000019
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 24, 1968[1]
Designated NHL November 24, 1968[2]

Jethro Coffin House, also known as the Oldest House, is a saltbox house built in 1686 and located on Sunset Hill Road in Nantucket, Massachusetts, is the oldest house on Nantucket in its original location and is the only surviving structure from the island's 17th Century English settlement. It is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Because of the brick design on its chimney, it is also called the Horseshoe House.[3]


The house was built in 1686 as a wedding gift for Jethro Coffin and his bride, Mary Gardner (granddaughter of Thomas Gardner). Jethro Coffin was a grandson of Tristram Coffin, one of the island's original proprietors. It was abandoned by a later owner during the Civil War. The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) acquired the property in 1923.[4] The house was struck by lightning in 1987 and nearly cut in half, but was carefully restored by the NHA.[3]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1968.[2][5]

It is located on Sunset Hill Road, in Sunset Hill, Nantucket.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Jethro Coffin House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ a b From NY Times Travel - see external link below
  4. ^ Oldest House of the Nantucket Historical Association
  5. ^ Patricia Heintzelman and Charles Snell (January 23, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Jethro Coffin House PDF (32 KB)". National Park Service.  and Accompanying five photos, exterior and interior, historic and from 1974 PDF (32 KB)

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