The property at 23 Water Street has over a 140 year old history of providing food and lodging to Mattapoisett visitors.
In 1870 The Mattapoisett House hotel, located at 23 Water Street, opened for guests to sample the charms of the village and its surroundings. This magnificent hotel boasted a dining room that could seat 100 people and had 22 guestrooms. The trains from Boston and New York ("The Dude") brought guests to the depot just down Water Street. Many noted and prominent people were guests at the Mattapoisett House hotel and, on this account, Mattapoisett became known as "Little Newport". After several subsequent owners and the outbreak of World War I, the House closed in 1921. It was demolished ten years later. Legend has it that a treasure in whaling log books lay buried below the foundation.
The Boathouse Building - In 1875, A. Sigourney Bird, an interesting and stimulating man from Boston and former guest at the Mattapoisett House hotel, bought significantly located properties on both sides of Water Street. In 1902 the 20 Water Street property was sold to Mrs. Sophia Means and she had the Birds' home torn down. She then built a lovely house on the Meigs shipyard lot. Mrs. Means' daughter, Martha and her husband F. Gilbert Hinsdale, assumed the property. The hurricane of 1938, the worst to ever strike the Mattapoisett area, destroyed the first floor of the boathouse and the upper level was placed on a cradle to be rebuilt.
The ten foot long, hand carved swordfish weathervane, modeled from a swordfish Mr. Hinsdale caught, was not disturbed by the '38 hurricane nor the following '44 hurricane. It now stands guard over the harbor on Long Wharf at the town pier, a short walk from the inn. In their boathouse the Hinsdales displayed one of the finest collections of whaling harpoons in the country. In 1959 they were donated by Martha Hinsdale to the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
The Boathouse Relocations -Willis Munro, a prominent Boston attorney and summer resident of Mattapoisett, bought the boathouse and moved it to the far rear of the vacant lot at 23 Water Street. Mr Munro used the boathouse for his own marine needs before selling it to Anthony Foster of Dartmouth in 1968.
Mr. Foster renovated the interior to create a rental property which was inhabited until 1979. The boathouse remained empty and neglected until 1983 when it was purchased by Phillip and Deanne Girouard. The Girouards, who had formerly lived in Mattapoisett, wished to buy a home near the water upon returning from the California Bay Area. Phillip, a real estate broker, wished to move the boathouse forward to capitalize on the views, provide a new foundation and basement, and create a private backyard. Deanne, owner of a rehabilitation consulting firm, worked on the interior make-over, the property landscaping and gardens. Phillip died suddenly, never seeing the house completed. In 1997 Deanne opened the doors of 23 Water Street Bed & Breakfast. In 2005 the name was changed to The Mattapoisett Inn at 23 Water Street. The Inn On Shipyard Park, located at 13 Water Street was formerly known as The Mattapoisett Inn from 1938 to 2004.
The Mattapoisett Inn is in the heartbeat of the village. A short stroll reveals our shimmering seashore, restaurants, golf course, antique and contemporary shops, town beach, and our quaint museum.
Our seaside location also offers fishing, quahoging (hard shell clamming), biking, windsurfing, and even an opportunity to charter a sailboat for the day.
Take a one minute walk to our harborfront Shipyard Park and attend a concert, join the square dancers, enjoy our local night life, or simply enjoy an ice cream cone.
You can take riding lessons, play tennis, and golf or just sit back and enjoy the moonlight over the bay. Your stay at The Mattapoisett Inn will offer plenty to do or nothing to do...it's up to you. However you choose to spend your time with us you may be sure it will be memorable.