Private Event Policy

  • A contract must be agreed upon, signed and returned with 50% of the rental fee for a down deposit and a refundable $1,000 security deposit to secure an event rental. The remaining balance is due 60 days before your event. Payments can be made by check or credit card.
  • Payment for a rental of an NHA venue is not considered a charitable donation – no part of the rental fee is tax deductible.
  • The Nantucket Historical Association requires all rental events to obtain an event insurance certificate. Insurance requirements are outlined in the rental contract and certificates can be easily obtained online. This insurance is in addition to the insurance that your caterer also provides the NHA with.
  • The event start time will be a mutually agreed upon time between the host, the caterer, and the NHA depending on the property hours and determined by the amount of time required for set up. Event end time will be set by the NHA.
  • The use of open flame is restricted; therefore electric candles must be used instead (NHA provides electric candles at no extra charge).
  • The Nantucket Historical Association does not have its own on-staff catering, therefore, all caterers for private events must be selected from the NHA Preferred Vendor List. The caterer is the only vendor that is required to be chosen from the preferred vendor list.
  • The hired caterer for the event is responsible for all bar service. All alcohol will be purchased through the Nantucket Historical Association Liquor License. Alcoholic shots are allowed to be served at any bars.
  • The catering company you hire will be in charge of set up for your event, as well as clean up afterwards. The NHA will provide the caterer with all cleaning equipment on site.

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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