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Jared Coffin House, Nantucket

February 16, 2015
Jared Coffin House, Nantucket

An historic inn that celebrates Nantucket’s heritage.

JARED COFFIN HOUSE, NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS (20 January, 2015) – A stay at Jared Coffin House, in the heart of historic Nantucket Town, is like stepping back in time. Built by an affluent sea captain and ship builder in 1845, Jared Coffin House was the first mansion of its kind on Nantucket. Nowadays, the stately house is a refined year-round destination that celebrates the prosperity and preservation of New England’s whaling and colonial past.

Designated a National Historic Landmark District, and due to its architecture and environment, Nantucket is preserved as the finest surviving example of a late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century New England seaport town. Today, the charming cobblestone streets of downtown Nantucket are lined with historic buildings in red bricks, gray shingles, and white weatherboards, built when bustling Nantucket was the world’s pre-eminent whaling port. Among the Colonial, Greek Revival, and Victorian era homes, Jared Coffin House is a stand-out, a splendid example of Federal-style residential architecture. The beautiful three-story brick mansion draws on the balance and symmetry of classical Greek architecture, an expression of Jared Coffin’s wealth, taste, and social standing.

Inside, the inn radiates with the charm of America’s colonial past. Each room is elegantly appointed with floral prints, patterned area rugs, a palette of warm yellows, blues, and greens, and new Queen Anne-style furniture. Graceful and refined in native wood with detailed brassware, the style was popular with prosperous American colonists in the early- to mid-eighteenth century when skilled Bostonian and Philadelphian cabinetmakers produced and exported thousands of Queen Anne-style chairs.

Nantucket’s storied and glorious history is visible in its outstanding architectural heritage and preservation legacy. In Jared Coffin House – a centerpiece of the historic district – the dedicated staff welcomes guests for a stay as cherished and memorable as the treasured house itself.