Group Tours at Coffin House (1678)

Three centuries, one family

The Coffin House story follows one of Newbury’s founding families through 1929. See two early back-to-back kitchens where the extended family cooked meals. Coffin House has wallpaper dating to 1815, one of the only surviving butteries in New England, and a fine collection of local furniture and objects. The house is furnished with items passed down in the family, and much of the interior remains unchanged since the nineteenth century.

Location: 14 High Street, Newbury, Mass. 978-462-2634 Hours of Operation:

Specialty Tours

We are happy to work with you to customize your experience.

  • Guided House Tour: Enjoy an approximately one-hour guided tour; please allow one and a half hours for your visit.
  • Around the Green: Tour Coffin House, the 1670 Swett-Ilsley House, and the First Parish Church burying ground. Take a walking tour around the “trayning field” where the town moved in the 1640s.
  • Cradle to Grave: Spend an afternoon getting to know the Coffin family and their neighbors in their home and in their final resting place. Enjoy a special evening tour of Coffin House and then visit its residents and townsfolk across the street in the First Parish Burying Ground. Hear true tales of murder, heroism, and heartbreak from Newbury’s storied past.

  • Early Newbury Century Excursion Tour: See three seventeenth-century houses in one day. Start at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, a 1690 manor house where wealthy Newburyport merchants and tenant farmers lived and farmed the land through seven generations. Enjoy lunch at the farm on picnic tables next to our lovely farm animals. Next, go up the street to Coffin House (1678) to experience how one family lived for three centuries. Lastly, a few houses down, Swett-Ilsley House (c. 1670) is an example of a combined commercial and home site, and was once a seventeenth-century tavern and an early twentieth-century tea house.

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