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Winter 2006

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Freedoms of Nantucket
Joy, Love, Peace
December 2006
Greetings Nantucket Lovers!

“How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”
Shakespeare: “The Merchant of Venice”


Our Gift to You: 2007 Calendars Available Now

Do you ever find yourself asking everyone “what day is ‘today?'” Or worse, “what date”? As if we can remember one more thing. Well, now you can find out for yourself. Easily. Last years calendars are back. It’s with a new date of course. We just thought we’d help. So we ordered plenty of calendars for all our past, present, and future guests.

They come in handy, and there is no cost. To receive one all you have to do is e-mail us your name and address at


Staff Highlight: the innkeeperette

When JeanE and Gerry fell in love and decided to get married, they wanted to be together (an impossible feat in her position with a small start up company, with prime responsibility for all marketing “East of the Mississippi”). They chose to look for a project in which they could create a vision of their own. Becoming the innkeepers of the Century House with its historic place as the oldest continuously operating inn on the Island – and one that had fallen into disrepair- became their baby.

But after fifteen years of 100% togetherness, they agreed that Gerry, ever the quintessential Innkeeper, would run the Century House and JeanE would revert to her love of real estate – and become a full time broker in Palm Beach, Florida (augmenting her part-time broker activities in Massachusetts since 1974). So JeanE, known to many as Jean Ellen rediscovered who she is, and that indeed is a privilege allotted to those who seek to live who they are.

And…A perfect win/win situation with Jean Ellen commuting to Nantucket throughout the Season. You may visit her website at More about her passion

~ Give the gift of Love ~
Surprises. They come in different sizes, shapes, or forms. Their value is priceless. And they are never forgotten. A gift certificate to Nantucket Island is the perfect surprise to celebrate the one you love on any occasion. The Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s or a Holiday Celebration on Nantucket Island is the memory of a lifetime. Nantucket is like no other…Come and discover its beauty, its hidden treasures and take back its secrets. Please note: If the gift certificate is purchased prior to 31 December 2006 we will honor the Season 2006 rates when the reservation is placed. The dollar amount specified on the gift certificate, may be applied to any three or more night weekend stay or two night weekday stay at the Century House. It may be used between 15 May and 15 October 2007. Rush Delivery Available. If you would like to purchase a special gift for someone this Holiday Season, please call 508-228- 0530 or e-mail us at


A Nantucket Afficionado, A Palm Beach Lover

With this issue we are featuring Mrs. Leonora W. Rocca, a resident of both Palm Beach, FL and Sabillasville, MD. Among her many former homes was “Hickory Hill”, purchased by Robert & Ethel Kennedy.

Her international traveling, began at birth with her Father’s appointment in the Diplomatic Service to Ambassador Extraordinaire with unlimited powers by President Woodrow Wilson. This position eventually resulted in her Father creating our U.S. Customs Department. During her life she has wined and dined with many Dignitaries throughout the world. Mrs. Rocca came to know and love the Century House through her acquaintance with JeanEllen and Gerry during her winter 2004 stay in Palm Beach. Excited about another new experience, she vowed to journey to our beloved Island in the near future. After her visit in the Summer of 2006, Innkeepers Gerry and Staff received this touching and appreciative letter:

P.S. Did we forget to mention that she is a very, very young 98?.

“Dearest Inn Keepers, Oh my, what a delight and unexpected pleasure! The warmth and ambiance of your Bed & Breakfast greeted me like a warm fireplace on a cold winters night. Your personal touch and attention to every detail made my stay simply delightful. I know a more lovely place cannot be found in all of New England. JeanEllen and Gerry, Thank you! Charming island, gracious hosts and warm memories to last a lifetime. one could not ask for more. Therefore, you can be sure I’ll continue to visit each and every year for the rest of my life. Sincerely, Leonora W. Rocca



NEWS FLASH: “Arrival Nantucket, 1918” painting becomes a cover