Captain Morse House

Luxurious Vacation Rental Home on Martha’s Vineyard
Rent the East or West Wing for smaller groups


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East Wing - West Wing - Entire Thing

Discover the Luxurious Captain Morse House!
We Are Flexible – Rent just a Wing or the Entire House
Privacy – Each wing has 6 bedrooms and 3 to 4 baths
East Wing has 2 front porches and harbor views
West Wing has a large backyard, patio, and BBQ


2020 saw our Best Prices Ever!
We still have great rates for this Fall 
Plus Super Hi-Speed internet upgraded for this season.
Leave the car – we have a van you can rent!


The House is a short walk from town.
Just 250′ from the Harbor and North Wharf
Four beautiful beaches within a short walk
Leave the car behind as you are in town
Walk to the water, dining and shopping.

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. Featuring 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 over-sized backyard and garden are well-suited for hosting weddings and events. Plan your week or month long 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 Rental 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 Memorable Events

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

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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