Right Place, Right Time: The Advent of Cottage-Style Living

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

Where were Cat Alley and the Indian Trail?

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?

Did Step Lane originally have steps?

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?

Where was Break Neck Alley?

Break Neck Alley was the name of the way that still exists down from the south side of Academy Hill...More Read more from Where was Break Neck Alley?

What and where is Snake Alley?

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?

When did women first vote on Nantucket?

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?

What is the history of Stone Alley?

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?

Straw Hats on Nantucket

The most successful factory in Nantucket history manufactured straw hats. The Atlantic Straw Company opened its doors in 1853 and...More Read more from Straw Hats on Nantucket

Were there ever bowling alleys on Nantucket?

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?

What was the hot topic for Nantucket government in 1882?

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?

What special right to seaweed have Nantucket residents enjoyed?

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?

Why would Nantucket aspire to become part of New York State?

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?

Why was there a Silk Factory on Nantucket?

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?

When Did Golfing Begin 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?

How long has the 4th of July Main Street water fight been going on?

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?

How has music been used at sea?

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?

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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