Hadwen House Reopens Memorial Day Weekend

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) will welcome visitors back to the Hadwen House, located at 96 Main Street, starting on Saturday, May 28.  The historic property will feature several exhibitions, including one focused on Nantucket lightship baskets for the second year since the NHA’s formal affiliation with the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum.

On the second floor of the Hadwen House, Weaving Nantucket’s Past into Its Future: The Craft Continues showcasing over 100 Nantucket lightship baskets curated by island weaver Kathleen Myers, exploring artistry and innovation from land-based origins to nineteenth-century lightships into the twenty-first century.

The first floor of Hadwen House will explore the Decorative Arts Collection of the NHA, from fine art and furniture, tall clocks, and ceramics to an eclectic display of curiously carved artifacts.  Highlights will include Nantucket-made furniture, such as an exquisite wooden center table with over 1300 pieces of veneer and guardian lion candlesticks brought to Nantucket from Canton, China, upon a trading voyage by Captain James Cary (1777-1812) as a gift to his wife.

The second floor of Hadwen House will also present an exhibit of historic maps and nautical charts, appropriately titled Mapping Nantucket. Within this exhibit, the selection of maps on display will help visitors understand what mapmakers, both on and off-island, have chosen to highlight over time.

The Hadwen House will be open daily, 11 am – 4 pm, May 28 through October 10.


The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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