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?

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?

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?

The Nantucket-New York Connection

At twenty-year intervals during the twentieth century (1937, 1957, 1977), Nantucket received national attention for threatening to secede from Massachusetts...More Read more from The Nantucket-New York Connection

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?

Who was ‘Sconset’s “sanguine geniuis”?

In the late 1800s New Yorker Edward Underhill foresaw a prosperous future for the village of ‘Sconset. A war correspondent...More Read more from Who was ‘Sconset’s “sanguine geniuis”?

Who was William Flagg, and what did he have to do with the ‘Sconset Footpath?

In 1873, William Flagg, a summer resident of Nantucket, obtained title to a large section of land between the village...More Read more from Who was William Flagg, and what did he have to do with the ‘Sconset Footpath?

What is the history of Jetties Beach?

After the Civil War, sports in the United States proliferated and many became organized. There were more people with disposable...More Read more from What is the history of Jetties Beach?

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?

A Tourist Village on Coatue?

Tourism came to Nantucket in the mid-1870s, rescuing the depressed and depopulated island. When whaling declined, many people left the...More Read more from A Tourist Village on Coatue?

Where is Whale Rock?

Whale Rock is located approximately 45 yards off Nantucket’s North Shore, west of Steps Beach and east of Sachem Springs...More Read more from Where is Whale Rock?

How many churches were there in New Guinea?

There were two. The African Meeting House on the corner of Pleasant Street and York Street housed the African Baptist...More Read more from How many churches were there in New Guinea?

What were the “Sheep Wars” of the mid-1800s?

For close to two centuries Nantucketers maintained much of the island outside of town as unfenced Common and Undivided Land...More Read more from What were the “Sheep Wars” of the mid-1800s?

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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