People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
The moments, and the men behind them, have become clouded in myth, as if a simple mention of the names and places is all that is required: The Tea Party, “The shot heard round the world,” the Founding...read more
When the Nantucket Lightship LV-112 was sent to drydock late last year for the first time since 1991 for an extensive survey in preparation for a proper restoration, Robert Mannino held his breath.
The island’s long legacy of using wind power stretches back nearly to the arrival of Europeans on Nantucket’s shores, when Tristram Coffin and Thomas Mayhew built their settlement near Capaum Harbor more...read more
Whether you’re fresh off the beach or sitting down to a gourmet meal, enjoying a well-deserved island vacation or taking a little down time from work in the middle of another busy summer, there’s no better...read more
After vacationing on Nantucket for the first time in the summer of 1976, Jack McFarland said he never wanted to leave the island. He and his wife of 41 years, Susan, began making regular visits to the...read more
The African Meeting House. Greater Light. The Unitarian Meeting House. The Methodist Church. The Oldest House. The Old Gaol (jail).
The word “old” may be the giveaway, but it is only one adjective that...read more
On Feb. 11, 1823, cruising to the west of the Sandwich Islands – now Hawaii – in consort with the whaleship Martha, the Two Brothers was separated from her sister ship and caught in a severe gale....read more