A Historic Gem Among Hotels in Edgartown, MA

About the Kelley House

In operation since 1742, Kelley House is one of the premier historic hotels in Edgartown, MA and one of the oldest hotels in America. Our historic Martha’s Vineyard hotel is deeply entwined with the history of Martha's Vineyard as a colonial settlement, whaling community, and elegant vacation destination. Learn about the history of our gem among Martha’s Vineyard hotels below.

1742: Present structure erected by architects Milton & Sweet

1748: Inn managed by John Harper

1772: Inn managed by John Harper's son-in-law, mariner Lemuel Kelley

1797: Kelley's wife Bathsheba Harper takes over upon his death

1801: The Kelley's son manages the property

1867: Operated by Joseph Kelley as The Vineyard House

1891: Elizabeth A. Kelley and her husband William Kelley re-opened the hotel as Seaview House

1935: Elizabeth Kelley dies and the inn is renamed The Great Harbour Inn

1975: Filming of the movie Jaws takes place on Martha's Vineyard and Kelley House provides lodging for cast and crew