People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
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
The Atheneum opened its doors in 1834, and from day one was much more than just a lending library.
It was a community center, a cultural hub, where islanders over the next 176 years could get the news of...read more
Three hundred and fifty years ago, Tristram Coffin and his mighty band of family and fellow proprietors entered into an agreement to purchase control of the island from its native Wampanoag chieftains and...read more
The Town Clock that has famously regulated life in Nantucket from its place in the tower of the Unitarian Church is not the only chronometer in the building. There is another on the inside – strategically...read more