The Josiah Coffin House has been owned by just two families in its 293 years. Prime location gives guests easy access to all Nantucket has to offer, in a peaceful, comfortable setting. Inquire about shoulder season rates and discounts for stays of two weeks or more.
1724 is an 8-bedroom house that comfortably accomodates two or more families near the town and beaches. Our grandmother's summer home has been featured in many books about classic Nantucket whaling-era houses. Besides modern conveniences, little has been changed over the years, so staying at 1724 evokes three centuries of Nantucket history.
We maintain 1724 to be safe, comfortable and appealing as a rustically gracious retreat for family and friends, who appreciate its exceptional historic nature, convenience to town, beaches and buses - and the fact that it's not in the middle of downtown summer crowds, noise and traffic.
Jethro Coffin, who built the Oldest House on Sunset Hill in 1686, had this house built for his son Josiah in 1724. It is probably the oldest house in Nantucket town that is still standing on its original foundation. The house stayed in the Coffin family, their descendants and relatives, until 1925, when it was purchased by the family of the present owners. It has been maintained in close to the original condition for the past 280 years, although plumbing, electricity and a kitchen wing were added in the 19th century and a small bedroom wing in the 20th. The house is widely illustrated in books about Nantucket, such as Early Nantucket and its Whale Houses, by Henry Chandlee Foreman, where it is pictured on the front cover, and Robert Gambee’s 2001 Nantucket Impressions, as well as his earlier books on Nantucket.
Interior description: A centerpiece of the house is the huge central chimney with five working fireplaces, including one which may be the largest on the island. The living room centers around this "sit in" fireplace. The large dining room has a table that can seat 12 plus another large large working fireplace. Behind the living room is the winter kitchen with fireplace, now used as a sitting room with a small study adjoining it.
Above the living and dining rooms there are two large master bedrooms. Each has a double bed, a single bed, and a working fireplace. One of these has a private bath, while the other shares a bath with a third bedroom (with single bed) overlooking the garden. The third floor has a small bath and two more simple bedrooms, one with two single beds, one with one single bed.
The kitchen wing has a large kitchen (connected to the dining room by a pantry well-stocked with dishes), plus a bathroom with shower, and a ground- floor bedroom with a double bed. On the second floor of this wing are two more bedrooms, each with two single beds. Also in the kitchen wing is a large utility room that contains a washer/dryer, a second refrigerator, and ample storage shelves. The kitchen wing makes an ideal place for children to live separate from their parents, or for staff.
Grounds: we have an outdoor shower, two picnic tables, a large yard for games of tag or bocce, a wildflower garden for reading the paper, and a playhouse, for... playing. The driveway fits one car, with ample parking across the street for additional vehicles.
Convenience: We are a short walk to steps beach, and town.