‘Sconset A History

This history of Siasconset recounts the development of the village on the easternmost shore of Nantucket Island—from its beginnings as a seasonal fishing station to its incarnation as a summer retreat, and, demographically, as the smaller of Nantucket’s two towns, the only other settlement with its own zip code: 02564. In the following overview—which relies heavily on firsthand accounts of travelers to the island and contemporary descriptions by local residents—a chronology of the village emerges from a variety of voices and sources.

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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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