Captain Morse House

Luxurious Vacation Rental Mansion on Martha’s Vineyard
Rent the Entire House or the East or West Wing


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East Wing - West Wing - Entire Thing

Discover the Luxurious Captain Morse House!
Flexible – Rent a Wing or the Entire House
Privacy – Each wing has 6 bedrooms 
East Wing with porches and harbor views
West Wing with direct access to patio and yard


Open Now with our Best Prices Ever!
Book your prime summer weeks
Large spaces and hospital-grade ventilation
HVAC UV-C and 13-micron filters


Just 80 yards from the water via North Wharf
Four beautiful beaches within a short walk
Leave the car behind – you are in town
Walk to the harbor, dining and shopping
Ride our bikes to wherever you want

Welcome to the Captain Morse House

Martha’s Vineyard’s largest and most elegant vacation rental home. The Captain Morse House was built by Whaling Captain John Morse in 1845. The home has been fully renovated numerous times over the years and has all of the modern amenities you are accustomed to while preserving its historic grandeur. Available as the East or West Wing or the entire house with 26 rooms with 12 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 dining rooms, 25 people can sleep comfortably here. Either of the 2 large front porches facing Edgartown harbor makes an ideal place to spend the afternoon. The large backyard and garden are perfect for hosting weddings and events. Plan your ultimate “vacation to remember” today by visiting our reservations page.

A Truly Historic House

A beautiful part of the town’s history, the Captain Morse House was built in 1840. Prior to the discovery of petroleum, ships were sent to hunt whales for their valuable oil used for lighting lamps. Captain John O. Morse was an active whaler from 1829 – 1851.

A Unique Island Experience

The best of both worlds, a historic property updated with all of the modern comforts. Be close to the action but far enough away that you can sleep soundly at night. The island hosts many great vacation activities from golf to sailing, historic tours to beach days. The Captain Morse House also provides plenty of space for relaxation and entertaining.

For Truly Memorable Events

Now is the right time to plan for your upcoming event. Weddings, Corporate Retreats, and Reunions. Save your date today!

Captain Morse House

Recent Reviews

Please browse reviews and comments from our guests over the years. We do everything we can to earn make your stay memorable by preparing for your individual needs in advance and responding to any issues immediately. The house is well maintained and each winter we make upgrades and updates to ensure that the house is better every year. We’d love to hear from you during and after your stay!

The Captain Morse House is a beautiful, historic home that couldn’t be more conveniently located to downtown Edgartown and the Lighthouse beach. The house has tons of character and lots of rooms to accommodate a large group. Beautiful yard with room for kids to play. Can’t wait to return!

Fantastic experience! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Email Review, July, 2017

This is the third year our family, with two others, have stayed at the Captain Morse House during the Christmas in Edgartown weekend and it was perfect for our needs again.
Perfect location on Water Street, close to Harborview Hotel, the lighthouse (and attached beach), and Main Street in Edgartown.
It’s a historic house so has its quirks but it’s really well set up for a large group, especially a large family or a few families together.
We hope to stay during summer one year as it would be absolutely perfect in peak season.

Christmas in Edgartown ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Website Review, December, 2019

This historic house, located only a few blocks from Main Street in Edgartown, was the perfect venue for our Martha’s Vineyard family reunion.  Centrally located it provided everyone with the independence they needed to go in and out of town easily.. and the huge front porch  overlooking N. Water St. made for a fantastic photo op!  We all had a great time and loved the house.

Large family reunion ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Website Review, August, 2019

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Platt Johnson

Platt Johnson


I grew up in the Captain Morse House with my parents and brother. Over the years I’ve made many updates to the rental home for the comfort of our guests while maintaining its history. We had a wonderful childhood full of sailing, fishing, tennis, and bike riding on Martha’s Vineyard. Our family has been coming to the Vineyard since 1955 and can assist the first time or seasoned Vineyard traveler. If you’d like to make a reservation or have any questions, please reach out to me directly via the form above.

Yours Sincerely,


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