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 historic Coffin School was founded in 1827 by Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, an English baronet who intended to provide “a good English education to youth who are descendents of the late Tristram Coffin” (almost every child on Nantucket), including nautical training for Island boys. Currently, the Coffin School welcomes visitors to experience educational and entertaining speaker programs that explore topics related to Nantucket’s maritime traditions,  culture and history, in addition to showing classic maritime movies in July and August.

The rich heritage of the lightship basket reflects the spirit and creative spark of the people who made them and inspires the work of those who keep the art alive today. Today, the lightship basket is recognized internationally as a Nantucket icon. Both annual and permanent exhibits, guest speakers, weaving demonstrations and tours of the 1820s-era garden are offered throughout the season.

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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September is here but that doesn’t mean summer is behind us. Tap the link in our bio to learn why. 📸: @vic_nkt
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Pool days are here to stay when you stay with us this September. Tap the link in our bio to learn about the other summer activities and amenities that are lingering a little longer this September 📸: @jenniferjhughes
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Summer later with us this September. Tap the link in our bio to learn about what’s happening around the hotel during this spectacular month on-island 📸: @mrsnipple_
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Summer later with us this September. Tap the link in our bio to learn about what’s happening around the hotel during this spectacular month on-island 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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Congrats to @mpappag, the latest winner of our #MyVintageSummer series! Her vintage summer photo stirred our Timeless Summer heartstrings and captured the essence of a day of adventures under the sun. If you have a vintage family photo that you think will do the same, share it with us and you might win a Nantucket vacation (or one with our sister resort, @winnetu.mv). Tap the link in our bio to learn more, and happy summering!
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Pop the cork! 🍾🍾 Opened the newspaper yesterday and found out we’ve been named @tripadvisor’s #1 Luxury Hotel of the year. Thanks to our wonderful guests who made this exciting award possible! Head to the link in our bio to read more! 📸: @stacieflinner
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Blooming with fun over at The Nantucket this summer- tap the link in our bio to learn about how we’re making this summer timeless 📸: @katiefromboston
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Endless blooms 🌸 this time of the year 📸: @vic_nkt
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The crunch of oyster-shells and the smell of hydrangeas means you’re probably staying in one of our cottages 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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Sights and scenes like this surround you on the pleasant stroll into town from our front door 📸: @pjhavel
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Did you know that the cottages at The Nantucket Hotel are dog-friendly? 👋 to @hunt.the.whoodle who was with us recently!
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