The ’Sconset well and pump (pictured in the banner image ca. 1886, P2610) was constructed in the 1770s to satisfy an overwhelming need for the most basic necessity: water. Not surprisingly, it became the new meeting place and focal point for the village where folks would gather to share news, stories, and gossip. The ’Sconset pump became the inspiration for the mini-documentaries presented below sharing stories and memories as told by year-round and summer ’Sconset residents over the past nearly 120 years.
In 2019, new interviews with ’Sconset residents were conducted for a new video series produced by Nantucket filmmaker John Stanton. Additionally, as part of this project, the full 2019 unedited interviews along with the full unedited 2007 interviews referenced below are being transcribed and published in the NHA online collections database.
The NHA thanks the Judy Family Foundation with special thanks to Paul Judy for providing the lead funding for the project, which was matched by generous gifts from additional foundations and individuals.
The following video series was produced for the 2008 exhibition ’Sconset 02564 at the Nantucket Whaling Museum combining historic interviews and photographs along with new interviews conducted in 2007 by NHA staff.