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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Missing celebrating the new year with all of you but can’t wait to see you all in the next year none-the-less! Happy 2021 from all of us at @thenantucket

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A merry merry Christmas from our family to yours 📸: @nantucketislandprints

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All is calm, all is bright, and the drinks aren’t bad either! Thanks to those who have chosen to cozy up with us this holiday season 🥃Did you know we have the most extensive hot drinks menu on the island? 📸: @ashleyculkins

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It’s the perfect December to stay in and stay cozy. Tag someone you want hunker down with on Nantucket 📸: @ashleyculkins
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Looking your usual festive self, Nantucket. Raise your hand 🤚 if you love the #GreyLady in December 📸: @zofiaphoto
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Things are looking magical in our lobby. Tap the link in our bio to learn about our holiday to-go boxes and other festive activities at the hotel this December!
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Anyone else feeling festive as we stride into December? Tap the link in our bio to learn what’s happening at the hotel this holiday season 📸: @kristynewengland
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Looking for the perfect gift this season? Why not give the gift of Nantucket with a Nantucket Hotel gift card? Tap the link in our bio to share a little #nantucketing with someone special in your life 📸: @kristynewengland
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From all of us at The Nantucket Hotel, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 📸: @styleinherited
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Dog party 🎉 in one of our pet-friendly cottages. Tap the link in our bio to learn about our pet-friendly accommodations! 📸: @mindybriar
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Introducing a new member of our family, @lovangoresort. Our newest sister resort is situated on a lush private island in the #USVI, just a short ride from St. John + St. Thomas. Featuring a beach club, a waterfront restaurant, and a villa for rent, Lovango will open for the season on December 23rd. Tap the link in our bio to browse Lovango’s new website. We’ll see you at the dock!
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Picture perfect ACK fall by @lck.photographs
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More pumpkin pictures, because we’re big fans of October on #ACK 📸: @handydallaireevents
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Step into the season on the way up our front porch 📸: @theparishouse
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It’s a golden time of the year here on the #GreyLady
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Firepit season is coming 📸: @annah_todd
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There’s still time to fall in love with this golden season on Nantucket 📸: @greyladygirl
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It’s always robe & slippers season at 77 Easton Street 📸: @travelikealocalma
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Morning rituals at The Nantucket 📸: @marcsford // @prepfordwife
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Summer lingers on 📸: @stellenevolandes
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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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Checking into the weekend 📸: @stacieflinner
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