The last of my old photos from Nantucket is the Jethro Coffin House, also know as the Oldest House or the Oldest House on Sunset Hill. This saltbox house is located at 16 Sunset Hill Lane on Nantucket, Massachusetts. It was built in 1686 and is believed to be the oldest house on Nantucket still standing in its original location. At the time the English population of the island was around seven hundred and overshadowed threefold by the native Wampanoag population. The house was built as a wedding gift for members of two of the oldest families on Nantucket; Jethro Coffin (grandson of Tristam Coffin, one of the island's original proprietors) and Mary Gardner (daughter of John Gardner, leader of the Half-Share Revolt against the proprietors of the island [this is super interesting history and I will include some of it in stories]). Though their families didn't exactly get along (due to said revolt) the marriage repaired some of the old hostilities. The house was the physical manifestation of this truce; built on Gardner land with Coffin lumber. It is two stories, a rarity at the time, and each floor is centered around a massive fireplace. Two bedroom chambers are upstairs with an attic above, and the first floor features a parlor on one side, hallway, and great room on the other. A lean-to kitchen was out back, common at the time. In 1708 the Coffins sold the house to Nathaniel Paddack and moved to the mainland. Three generations of Paddacks occupied the home until 1839 when George Paddack sold the house to cooper George Turner for $300. In 1867 the Turners began using the old house as a hay barn. In 1881 two members of the Coffin family repurchased the house and spruced it up a bit, opening it as a house museum in 1897 during the summers. In 1923 the Nantucket Historical Association acquired the house and, along with funds from Winthrop Coffin of Boston and architect Alfred F. Shurrocks, restored the house to it's original appearance (for the most part). It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. It is now open to the public and run by the Nantucket Historical Association.
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