Spotlight Videos

This year, the NHA chartered a series of videos specifically for Nantucket by Design to highlight Nantucket’s influence on American design in the areas of the history and craft of Nantucket lightship baskets; Nantucket’s lush and beautiful gardens; the fun of antiquing on Nantucket; and the joy of taking a walk up historic Main Street and its stunning antique homes still lived in today.

We hope you enjoy these videos as a complement to the exciting presentations by this year’s design luminaries.

Nantucket: A Walk Up Main Street

This video premiere for Nantucket by Design 2021 celebrates Nantucket’s architecture, remarkable history, natural beauty, and unique sense of place and harmony in American design. Here we spotlight exceptional antique homes on Main Street and tell the stories of the people who built them and lived in them. Beautifully preserved, these homes are still lived in today.

Nantucket is a treasure trove of historic homes. The Nantucket Historic District, which encompasses the entire island, was designated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Nantucket has over 800 pre-Civil War buildings and has been called the “finest surviving example of an early New England seaport.”

Filmed and produced by Dan Driscoll, September Productions, for the NHA

Sponsored by Novation Media


Spotlight on Nantucket Gardens

Encouraged by a temperate maritime climate, Nantucket is a gardener’s delight. Here we explore a few of Nantucket’s most lush and stunning examples. These include the “victorious” garden of educational-TV legend Russ Morash; the seaside garden of Susan Burke artfully integrating formal, natural, and whimsical plantings; and the historically-authentic gardens of the Oldest House and Hadwen House properties of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Produced by Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, for the Nantucket Historical Association.


Spotlight on Nantucket Lightship Baskets

Explore the history, traditions, and unique styles of Nantucket lightship basket making with Nantucket’s master craftspeople including basket makers Karl and Susan Ottison, Tim Parsons, Nap Plank and Jose Reyes (1902-1980) as remembered by his son-in-law, Maurice Gibbs. Included is a visit with Nantucket scrimshander, Michael Vienneau. The closing sequence celebrates the recent affiliation between the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum and the Nantucket Historical Association and the opening of a new Nantucket lightship basket exhibition at the NHA’s Hadwen House.

Produced by Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, for the Nantucket Historical Association.


Spotlight on Nantucket Antiquing

Explore the unique and unusual objects found in a few of Nantucket’s many antique shops with interior designer, Kathleen Hay. Kathleen visits with Wayne St. John of Four Winds Craft Guild & Sylvia Antiques and Francis Farrell of John Rugge. They discuss how a carefully selected piece placed in the home can create a sense of place, history, and culture.

Produced by Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence, for the Nantucket Historical Association.

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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