NHA Launches Holiday Houses at Historic Properties

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is excited to be launching Holiday Houses this season at three of its upper Main Street properties—the Hadwen House, the Thomas Macy House, and Greater Light.

Holiday Houses will feature each of these historic homes beautifully decorated in festive trimmings for the holiday season. Visitors will be able to take part in the excitement of touring the homes decorated and designed by Donna Elle of Donna Elle Seaside Living,  David M. Handy Events, Susu Aylward, and Patty Kepenash.

The NHA is thrilled to be expanding its holiday offerings, not only at the Whaling Museum but also at its historic properties, during this celebratory year of the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Wreaths and the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Trees.

“The NHA is the proud caretaker of some of Nantucket’s most iconic properties, and the anniversary year of our two festivals is a perfect time to decorate and open the historic houses on upper Main Street for the holiday season,” says Mary Lacoursiere, The Peter M. and Bonnie J.  Sacerdote Chair of Education and Community Relations. “The Hadwen House, the Thomas Macy House, and Greater Light each represent a different period of Nantucket history. They are living environments and it’s only natural to have them decorated for the holidays in ways they perhaps once were. The holiday houses are just one more example of the NHA’s mission to utilize its properties by creating more opportunities for the community to enjoy them.”

The NHA is also partnering with The Friends of the Nantucket Public Schools for its 36th Annual Holiday House Tour featuring all three NHA properties.  This special evening will feature a tour of each NHA home and other private homes with a reception to follow at the Whaling Museum to tour the Festival of Trees.

Holiday Houses Information:

NHA Holiday Houses
Hadwen House, 96 Main Street
Thomas Macy House, 99 Main Street
Greater Light, 8 Howard Street
Friday, November 23, 2018 – December 31, 2018
11 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Closed Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Free for members, $5 for island residents, and $20 for non-residents. Tickets are available at the Whaling Museum and Historic Properties (tickets include admission to the Festival of Trees).

FONPS 36th Annual Holiday House Tour
Friday, November 30, 2018
4:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
$50 per person
For more information, visit www.fonps.org


The NHA’s mission is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

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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