History of the Inn

“Century House is the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket!”
– Historian, Edouard A. Stackpole

CENTURY HOUSE

Century House is a bed and breakfast inn which dates back to the Cliff Road land purchase in 1833 by  Captain Robert Calder who built his mansion between whale expeditions on the whaling ship, THE ALTO. Captain Calder was a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots….and an ancestor of the famed sculptor Alexander Calder.  It is thought that Captain Calder selected this site on the North Shore due to its high elevation ( one of the highest points on the Island), privacy, abundant natural light and soft breezes coming off the cliff . The location became part of the privileged Residential Historic District providing the inn’s guest with the serene calm of the neighborhood yet a city block or two to the Commercial Historic District – the center of the tourism, museums, shopping, art galleries, restaurants, pubs and nightlife.

With the advent of kerosene and declining demand for whale oil, Calder opened his mansion to the traveler . Today, Century House’s unrivaled timeless character, elegance and old-world charm befitting a historic whaling captains mansion coupled with 2018 amenities, beckons the vacation travelers to step away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland and enjoy its quintessential Nantucket friendly hospitality.   AND Century House is within 5-20 minutes walking distance to FOUR harbor beaches.

 

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