This Sunday, July 12, from 10 am to 12 noon, families can journey into Nantucket’s past through an interactive exploration of the Oldest House at 16 Sunset Hill with staff of the Nantucket Historical Association. Visitors will learn about colonial lifestyles by making aromatic herb sachets, button buzzer whirligigs, and miniature models of the Oldest House. There will also be summer refreshments that the whole family can enjoy, as well as tours of the house and the kitchen garden.
Built in 1686 and also known as the Jethro Coffin House, it is the oldest house on Nantucket that was built as a dwelling and stands on its original site. A structure from the island’s original seventeenth-century English settlement, it was a wedding gift for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner. The house was acquired by the NHA in 1923.
“Family Adventure Day at the Oldest House is a quintessential family summer program,” says Marjan Shirzad, NHA Director of Visitor Experience. “We are delighted to offer this opportunity for visitors of all ages to experience the simple pleasures of summers past at the idyllic Oldest House property.”
Admission is $5 per child and free for accompanying adults. All ages are welcome.