Coffin House

Coffin House Coffin House was occupied by the Coffin family over three centuries, and provides fascinating insight into domestic life in rural New England.

The structure, which contains the family's furnishings, began as a simple dwelling built in the post-medieval style. Tristram Coffin and his family lived, cooked, and slept in two or possibly three rooms; their possessions were few. Beginning in 1712, the house more than doubled in size to provide living space for a married son and his family. As the family grew, they added partitions and lean-tos

The structure, which contains the family's furnishings, began as a simple dwelling built in the post-medieval style. Tristram Coffin and his family lived, cooked, and slept in two or possibly three rooms; their possessions were few. Beginning in 1712, the house more than doubled in size to provide living space for a married son and his family. As the family grew, they added partitions and lean-tos

Operating as usual

Exciting news to share about the 2021 season.The Coffin House will be open EVERY Saturday until October 16th.Our first d...
06/28/2021

Exciting news to share about the 2021 season.

The Coffin House will be open EVERY Saturday until October 16th.
Our first day open this year will be this Saturday July 3rd.
Guided tours are on the hour from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Advanced tickets are required.
For tickets and more information:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/11768/11900

Exciting news to share about the 2021 season.

The Coffin House will be open EVERY Saturday until October 16th.
Our first day open this year will be this Saturday July 3rd.
Guided tours are on the hour from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Advanced tickets are required.
For tickets and more information:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/11768/11900

We are excited to finally welcome you back through the doors of our historic homes and farms!Tickets are now on sale for...
05/06/2021
Homes, Farms & Landscapes | Historic New England

We are excited to finally welcome you back through the doors of our historic homes and farms!
Tickets are now on sale for tours at Roseland Cottage; Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House; Hamilton House; and many more. Flip through this helpful reopening guide to see all the sites you can enjoy once again starting this May.
Please note that safety protocols remain in place. All guests must wear a face mask, maintain six feet of social distance, and purchase advance tickets for these limited capacity tours.
🎟️ Get tickets for all house tours at https://www.historicnewengland.org/.../homes-farms.../.

A time capsule of Victorian taste Wiscasset, Maine Dramatically sited on a hill overlooking the Sheepscot River, Castle Tucker tells the story of a prominent shipping family’s life on the coast of Maine over a period of 150 years. From 1858 until the end of the twentieth century, both the Tucker f...

We love seeing images from the turn of the century, though we now know the date is 1678. The Coffin House will be open i...
01/16/2021

We love seeing images from the turn of the century, though we now know the date is 1678. The Coffin House will be open in 2021, we promise!

Postcards from the MOON. Coffin House, Built 1652, Newburyport, Mass. From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

03/23/2020
Historic New England's response to coronavirus | Historic New England

NEW CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (6/11/20):
Twelve of our beautiful historic landscapes are officially open. The historic house museums, outbuildings, museum shops, and public restrooms remain temporarily closed. See a full list of open landscapes and more details at https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-england-opens-twelve-landscapes-in-five-states/.
In addition to reopening some of our landscapes, we are scheduling new ticketed events. Many of these events take place outside and will enforce health and safety protocols. Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/ to view our event lineup.
Our priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, visitors, and the communities in which we live and work. For our full statement with more information, including ways to experience history at home, please visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-englands-response-to-coronavirus.

The Historic New England museums that are open to the public year round (Gropius House, Eustis Estate, Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center) will be closed until Friday, April 10, or the next regularly scheduled open date thereafter. Up-to-date information....

03/23/2020
Historic New England's response to coronavirus | Historic New England

Important statement on COVID-19: We have decided to suspend all open hours, tours, and events at our historic sites until at least Friday, April 10. Please read our full response, which will be updated with any future changes, at
https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-englands-response-to-coronavirus/.

The Historic New England museums that are open to the public year round (Gropius House, Eustis Estate, Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center) will be closed until Friday, April 10, or the next regularly scheduled open date thereafter. Up-to-date information....

Coffin House is open this Saturday June 2nd from 11am - 5pm for free tours as part of Historic New England Open House Da...
06/01/2018

Coffin House is open this Saturday June 2nd from 11am - 5pm for free tours as part of Historic New England Open House Day.

All of the area Historic New England properties are open tour - Pack a lunch and join us for the day!

To become a member and tour all of the Historic New England Properties for free all year :
http://shop.historicnewengland.org/Membership-General-Memberships-8/?sort=price&order=

Coffin House photo © Sara Willman Photo

Coffin House will be open this Saturday - September 2nd from 11am- 5pm for tours!
08/31/2017

Coffin House will be open this Saturday - September 2nd from 11am- 5pm for tours!

Did you know?In 1785, the Coffin House, which had for so many years seen multiple generations living as one family, was ...
06/02/2017

Did you know?

In 1785, the Coffin House, which had for so many years seen multiple generations living as one family, was legally divided. Edmund Coffin, one of two adult sons of Joshua Coffin, reached twenty-one and wanted his share of his deceased father's estate. Consequently, a division was made first between the two sons and their widowed mother, and after her death in 1798, between the two sons, Edmund and Joseph. Each had exclusive use of certain rooms, stairways, and cellars with the right of passage through some of the other rooms. The "families" lived almost completely separately under one roof, using different kitchens and entertaining rooms. The house remained divided this way through the last generation of Coffins to occupy the house.


Historic New England Open House Day

Saturday June 3rd

Coffin House is open for free tours 11am- 5pm

( Donations are always accepted )

Mark your calendars!Historic New England's Open House Saturday is coming up.Saturday June 3rd all area properties are op...
05/25/2017

Mark your calendars!

Historic New England's Open House Saturday is coming up.

Saturday June 3rd all area properties are open for FREE tours.
( of course donations are always welcome :) )

Pack a lunch and enjoy the day with us!

Hours for local properties :

11am-5pm
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
Coffin House

11am- 3pm
Swett-Ilsley House
Dole-Little House
Rocky Hill Meeting House

We can't wait to see you !!!

This Saturday October 15th is the last chance to visit the Coffin House this season. The house will be open from 11am-5p...
10/12/2016

This Saturday October 15th is the last chance to visit the Coffin House this season. The house will be open from 11am-5pm for tours.
After touring the Coffin House - head on over to the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm right around the corner for a tour of the Manor House and Farm House. .. also open for the last tours of the season from 11am - 5pm on Saturday.

Historic New England guide Suzy escorting a school program at the Coffin House 1678, Newbury,MA.Photo © Sara Willman Pho...
08/02/2016

Historic New England guide Suzy escorting a school program at the Coffin House 1678, Newbury,MA.
Photo © Sara Willman Photo

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08/02/2016

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08/02/2016

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14 High Road
Newbury, MA
01951

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Coffin House is one of thirty-seven properties owned by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. We save and share historic homes, open space, collections, and stories from the past to today. Learn more at HistoricNewEngland.org

Coffin House was occupied by the Coffin family over three centuries, and provides fascinating insight into domestic life in rural New England. The structure, which contains the family's furnishings, began as a simple dwelling built in the post-medieval style. Tristram Coffin and his family lived, cooked, and slept in two or possibly three rooms; their possessions were few. Beginning in 1712, the house more than doubled in size to provide living space for a married son and his family. As the family grew, they added partitions and lean-tos so that different generations could continue to live together under one roof. In 1785, two Coffin brothers legally divided the structure into two separate dwellings, each with its own kitchen and living spaces. With rooms from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, Coffin House depicts the impact of an expanding economy and new concepts, such as the notion of privacy, on architecture and modes of living.

Historic New England members tour for free.

Open First and third Saturdays, June 1 - October 15 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m. Directions: Coffin House is on Route 1A in Newbury, across from the First Parish Burying Ground. Parking: On-street parking is permitted for short periods of time.

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Wondering if someone might be able to help me. My 8times Great Grandfather William Trotter 8 1630–1676 One of the Founding Father of the Newbury Mass community had this to say....This next entry comes from the: A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer's Register. Note the mention of' Coffin' below in next paragraph ( there is a Coffin House historical site . Tristram Coffin House, 14 High Road, Newbury Old Town, MA) What does this mean? TROTTER, WILLIAM, Newbury, m. 9 Dec. 1652, Cutbury Gibbs (herein I follow Coffin, with resolute protest of incredul. against the un christian name), had Mary, b. 22 Jan. 1654; Rebecca, 5 July 1655; Samuel, 5 June 1657 ; Abigail, 1 Feb. 1664; Sarah, 3 May 1665. I am wondering if there is someone in the genealogy department at the Coffin House that might help me make sense of this statement.