The Captain Morse House is one of Edgartown's premier homes. It was built by Captain John O. Morse in 1840. Morse was one of the eras most successful whaling Captain's. It is a large and grand home built in the Greek Revival style. The Captain Morse House has a superb location close to Edgartown's shopping and a short walk to four beaches and the North Wharf and the town’s busy harbor.
We can set the house up to accommodate several different groups. From a gracious home that will host a small family to its maximum configuration where we can accommodate up to 25 people in 12 Bedrooms. There are 20 beds spread among 11 bedrooms and a loft. The first and second floors have the best bedrooms. There are 7 full baths and an outside shower. There are also two kitchens two dining rooms and two living rooms.
WATER VIEW – ARE YOU ON THE WATERFRONT
There are views of Edgartown harbor from the house and from both of our front porches. We are just 200 feet down Morse Street (60 m) to The North Wharf is. The North Wharf is a center for launch service, fishing, dockage, moorings and boating. Captain Morse used to keep his boats on The North Wharf so it truly is like having your very own dock! A morning stroll down to the wharf is a great way to start the day. See our Waterfront Page.
INTERIOR WALK THROUGH
The home is spread out over three floors and offers a variety of public rooms and private bedrooms. The front of the first floor has a large formal living room with dual access portals to the front porch. Next to it is the front entrance way that features a lovely spiral staircase built by local shipwrights. Next comes the media room that doubles as a spare bedroom and then a formal dining room and gourmet kitchen. As you walk by the front kitchen you enter the back of the house with a large living and dining area, a private en-suite bedroom and a full galley style kitchen. This is a great informal space for more casual get togethers.
The second floor again starts with a magnificent front porch that can be accessed from either the master bedroom or the second large bedroom. From here to the back of the house are another 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. These are all laid out in a way that you will not see in other houses built more recently. It is part of the charm of the house.
On the Third floor there are an additional four bedrooms. This is the simplest part of the house and was where the servants used to live. Back in the 1800’s it took a small army to run the house. Not all of them could actually live at the house. Some lived on Chappaquiddick Island and took the ferry operated by Captain Morse’s father Uriah.
As you might be able to guess we specialize in large families, family reunions, weddings, anniversaries and any event where people want to enjoy each other’s company without the distraction of others. Large groups regularly book our home for its charm, comfort and unique character and grace. With that said our long time repeat tenants tend to be smaller families of 6 or so. They then invite friends to come and visit and use the large spaces for entertaining. In my youth I lived in the house with my brother and parents. It seems unusual now but back then we just took it for granted and helped our father with the maintenance and lawn work.
We are fully equipped with pretty much anything you could imagine. Highlights are full linens, two entertainment centers, full house WiFi, 4 zone HVAC, elevator and free bicycles. Click the heading above for a complete listing.
The dual front porches are framed by 10 Doric columns and face the harbor. They create an ideal place to spend the day. The large back yard and garden offer a private oasis from the bustle of a Vineyard summer. The yard is graced by three towering and magnificent Linden trees.
On the North Water Street side of the house there are two spacious porches with views of Edgartown Harbor. Edgartown’s North Wharf lies below the house at the end of Morse Street. It is a great place to go and enjoy the busy waterfront or perhaps some fishing. We have a modest driveway that can hold 4 cars which leads back to the backyard. Our backyard is one of the most spacious and safe in town and features a bricked patio with seating for 20 with a very nice barbecue. The tool shed holds complimentary bicycles, beach chairs and lawn games.
WHERE IS THE HOUSE
We are on the Eastern side of the island of Martha’s Vineyard in the historic town of Edgartown. The house is three blocks North from Main street in Edgartown on Morse Street. Map
Location 80 North Water Street Edgartown, MA 02539
Latitude: 41.391813 N, Longitude: -70,513644 W
The Captain Morse House is located at the corner of Morse and North Water Streets. The town of Edgartown is defined principally by its Main Street. To the south is South Water Street which winds by the giant pagoda tree and towards the road to Katama and South Beach. North Water Street runs the opposite way and the Captain Morse House is located about halfway between Main Street and the Harbor View Hotel which looks over the Edgartown Lighthouse and the entrance to the harbor.
We are committed to doing whatever we can to make your stay in our family home on Martha's Vineyard a special one. We think that our house is the best in town and offers our guests a truly unique experience.
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