There's History Everywhere on Nantucket

This small post-and-beam building is the nation’s second-oldest church structure still standing and was built by free African Americans for their use.  The African Meeting House, and adjacent Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House, are the only public structures remaining on the island that are identifiably central to the African American community’s 18th and 19th-century American history. The first Africans on Nantucket were slaves, but when slavery was abolished on the Island in 1773, they became vital contributors to the community as whalers, tradesmen, barbers and clergy.

Renovated in 2005, the Whaling Museum includes a fully-restored 1847 spermaceti candle factory, a forty-six foot sperm whale skeleton and top-quality exhibition halls displaying hundreds of  artifacts, including a world-class collection of scrimshaw, paintings, furniture, lightship baskets, samplers and clothing. Visitors can also climb the grand stairwell to the rooftop observation deck for a one-of-a-kind view of Nantucket harbor.

Renovated in 2005, the Whaling Museum includes a fully-restored 1847 spermaceti candle factory, a forty-six foot sperm whale skeleton and top-quality exhibition halls displaying hundreds of  artifacts, including a world-class collection of scrimshaw, paintings, furniture, lightship baskets, samplers and clothing. Visitors can also climb the grand stairwell to the rooftop observation deck for a one-of-a-kind view of Nantucket harbor.

The Jethro Coffin House is the oldest island residence retaining its original foundation.  It dates to the period of Nantucket’s first European settlement. A period kitchen garden is located behind the property and features a wide array of plantings, recreating what would have been common in the 1700s.

Built in 1746 this mill is the oldest functioning mill in the country! It is a famous and often photographed Nantucket landmark and interesting to visit.

Dedicated to celebrating and reviving Nantucket’s rich tradition of early American decorative arts.  Take a class in this restored nineteenth-century historic property at 4 Mill Street and indulge in traditional techniques taught by artisans from Nantucket and throughout the world.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the men of the United States Lifesaving Service performed hundreds of rescues off the coast of Nantucket. Learn about their selfless acts of courage and the Island’s maritime history at the recently renovated Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. The museum’s grounds offer breathtaking views of Folger’s Marsh and are ideal for picnicking.

The Nantucket Atheneum is one of the oldest public libraries in continuous service in the United States. Once attracting prominent 19th century speakers – including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglas – the Great Hall on the second floor now serves as a free research and information area with reference books and public access computers. The Weezie Library for Children offers year-round programs, including storytelling, music, puppet shows and Family Nights, and features a vibrant selection of material for Island youth. The adjoining Atheneum Garden provides a welcome downtown green space for relaxing, playing or quiet reading.

Maria Mitchell, America’s first female astronomer, was born and raised on Nantucket Island. From a telescope placed atop the Pacific National Bank, she sighted the comet that brought her international fame. The Maria Mitchell Association educates adults and children in astronomy, environmental science and Island history through various programs and facilities.

Located on Nantucket Harbor, the Aquarium is “cozy” and exhibits Nantucket marine life. It also offers ecology and beach discovery field trips for families with younger children.

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How you do know it's October on Nantucket? The pumpkins start cascading down our front porch!

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Full sail through summer. Raise your hand ✋ if you’re looking forward to a September that promises to be just as beautiful!

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Summertime, and the living is easy

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A full service social, fitness, and pool club, right in Nantucket’s historic Brant Point. Tap the link in our bio to learn more about a week, month, or season-long membership at The Nantucket Club.

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Clambake season is upon us and @breezenantucket’s Old Fashioned Clambakes are happening each Monday this summer. Call ahead to reserve your seat! Link in bio for details.

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Have you tried @breezenantucket this summer? Chef Adam Votaw’s menu of small plates, shareables, and coastal creations is turning heads and bringing tables together.

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Summer’s here. Dive right in.

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We were honored that our bus was involved in Hafsa Lewis’ installation for @fairwindsnantucket’s Blooming Bids for Nantucket's Kids last week. Our wonderful old bus was looking gorgeous for a good cause. Follow our friends at @fairwindsnantucket for more.

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Breezing into the weekend with Lobster Tacos at @breezenantucket

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Beep! beep! Next stop, Summer!

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Monday night clambake are back starting June 28th! Each Monday this summer, @breezenantucket will be serving up our signature Clambakes with good food, good company, and live music. Space fills up fast, so be sure to make a reservation! Tap the link in our bio to learn more.

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