Located on Historic Old King's Highway in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts, the Colonial House Inn was constructed in the 1730s. The original structure was a two story Federal style building with a hip roof built by the Josiah Ryder family. Shortly after, it was acquired by Captain Joseph Eldrige, and for the next 100 years was known as the Eldrige House.
the 1820s a house was floated over from Nantucket and placed on a foundation
at the rear of the building. During the 1860s Dr. Azariah Eldrige,
then the owner, moved the house and added it to the main structure.
At that time he also constructed the third floor with its mansard roof,
and the Doric portico in the front of the house giving it the present Victorian
Previous owners included
U.S. Congressman Thomas Thacher, Charles F. Swift the noted Cape historian,
Ella Bray local Yarmouthport historian, and the Simpkins family.
The inn was purchased by Malcom Perna in 1979 and extensively renovated
to provide the three intimate dining rooms and spacious guest rooms, all
with private baths.
In 1988, the Colonial House Inn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The Colonial House Inn features
traditional New England cuisine prepared with a Continental flair, and
is open year round, seven days a week, for lunch and dinner.