Euler and Oates were in the right place at exactly the right time for taking advantage of a change in local economy. More Read more from Right Place, Right Time: The Advent of Cottage-Style Living
Both of these footpaths behind the houses on Orange Street are remembered but no longer passable. In 1928 Grace Barnes...More Read more from Where were Cat Alley and the Indian Trail?
Yes. Nantucket once had at least three passageways with steps in them: Stone Alley, Break Neck Alley, and Step Lane. ...More Read more from Did Step Lane originally have steps?
Snake Alley is a grassy way down into the Lily Pond from Lily Street. It is the extension of the...More Read more from What and where is Snake Alley?
Women on Nantucket voted for the first time in February 1880. The Massachusetts legislature passed a law allowing women to...More Read more from When did women first vote on Nantucket?
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits states and the federal government from denying the right to vote...More Read more from What was going on in Nantucket around the time when American women finally got the vote?
Stone Alley is a cobbled passage with a few steps midway as it descends from Orange Street down to Union...More Read more from What is the history of Stone Alley?
Islanders who want to go bowling today have to go to the Cape, and many do, especially when a boat...More Read more from Were there ever bowling alleys on Nantucket?
On the 1869 Ewer map, the area today known as Folger’s Marsh is only identified by the creek running through...More Read more from Folger’s Marsh on Polpis Road is one of Nantucket’s beauty spots. Who is it named for?
Nantucketers’ traditional practice of opening freshwater ponds to the sea has generated controversy and any number of unauthorized openings over...More Read more from What was the hot topic for Nantucket government in 1882?
In 1904 a committee making recommendations for the management of the Cliff Bathing Beach included: “The right to collect seaweed...More Read more from What special right to seaweed have Nantucket residents enjoyed?
Three times during the twentieth century Nantucket received national publicity for threatening to secede from Massachusetts and join New York....More Read more from Why would Nantucket aspire to become part of New York State?
One of the first industries on Nantucket not connected to whaling involved silk. In the mid-1830s, silk was all the...More Read more from Why was there a Silk Factory on Nantucket?
Summer visitors were responsible for the creation of the island’s golf courses as Nantucket catered more and more to the...More Read more from When Did Golfing Begin on Nantucket?
The annual 4th of July Main Street water fight began in 1981, when H. Flint Ranney challenged Fire Chief Bruce...More Read more from How long has the 4th of July Main Street water fight been going on?
In Melville’s Moby-Dick the character Pip’s principal function is to provide music for the crew of the doomed ship with...More Read more from How has music been used at sea?