NANTUCKET, MA – This past January, the NHA Board of Trustees initiated a project to invest over $2 million in its portfolio of Historic Properties and other facilities over the next 24 months, and we are pleased to share the substantial progress that has been made within the first part of this year.
Some of the most notable completed projects have been the installation of a new interior handicap elevator in the Whaling Museum Candle Factory that began operating last week. Other completed projects include installing a new insulated slate roof on the Whaling Museum’s Candle Factory, new fencing at the Thomas Macy House, sewer updates at the Research Library and Quaker Meeting House, security/fire protection, and re-roofing Hadwen House and the Gosnold Collections Center.
Painting projects across the NHA campus have also been completed, including the Fire Hose Cart House, Hadwen House fence, the Old Mill vane shafts, Candle Factory exterior trim, Oldest House interior, and the Whaling Museum rooftop observation deck, and the Discovery Center building exterior.
These projects have been generously supported by grant funding and the support of NHA donors. The NHA would like to give special recognition to the Community Preservation Committee, which has cumulatively given $1.5 million in grant funds to the NHA for capital projects over the past 20 years.
Susan Blount, Chair of the NHA’s Housing and Properties Committee, commented, “It is very inspiring to see the way the NHA trustees and staff, its supporters and grant funders, and local contractors have come together to bring our properties to a new level of function and beauty.”
Property investment projects still to come include exterior restoration of masonry and window replacements at the Research Library, renovations and security upgrades to the Gosnold Collections Center, and ADA and HVAC updates to the 1800 House.
The NHA looks forward to sharing more updates about its work over the next year and a half and invites visitors to enjoy its Historic Sites, which are open for the season and FREE for all visitors.