The Jared Coffin House - A Historic Nantucket Hotel
Constructed in 1845, The Jared Coffin house is a historic mansion located in the heart of downtown Nantucket. Built by Jared Coffin, one of the most successful ship owners during the island's prime whaling days, this three-story mansion was constructed in the center of town as a home for his family. It was the first mansion ever built on the New England island, standing today as a stately landmark with ties to the seas that line the island's sandy shores.
In 1846, a fire destroyed a third of the community. The Jared Coffin House withstood the flames and still stands tall today. The home's brick walls and slate roof resisted the fire and helped stop its spread. In 1857, Eben W. Allen built a three-story addition that included sixteen bedrooms, which was connected to the Swain House. In 1961, the mansion was completely restored by the Nantucket Historical Trust and was later reopened as the Jared Coffin House. Today, the hotel is comprised of thirty rooms in the main building and thirteen rooms in the Daniel Webster building, located next door.
Since it was erected, Jared Coffin House has served as a centerpiece of the Nantucket Historic District. This charming hotel has become the essence of island lodging. Historic and majestic, yet welcoming and charming, the Jared Coffin House brings together the best of Nantucket's past and present.