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Nantucket Preservation Trust

Honoring the Golden Age of Nantucket

Nantucket Preservation Trust (NPT) is offering early registration for the island’s first Preservation Symposium Nantucket’s Golden Age: Architecture, Interiors and Historic Landscapes to be held June 6-8, 2017. The three-day symposium will take place at various island venues and feature nationally recognized architectural critic and educator, Paul Goldberger, as the …

Antique German Santas

Smorgasbord of German Santas

Commonly asked questions and misunderstandings about antiques… and the odd or end fascinating bit! Christmas is the most nostalgic time of year, so it is no wonder that antique Christmas decorations are very popular. Collectors especially prize an old German heirloom, which makes perfect sense since the holiday itself, and …

Nantucket Antiques | Whirlygigs

Whirligigs – Antiques Snippets

Commonly asked questions and misunderstandings about antiques…and the odd or end fascinating bit! Visitors to New England have long been fascinated by the whimsical and colorful spinning ornaments and weathervanes often seen busy on porch railings or fences. In tourist areas one will often find whole yards populated by these …

Mac Dixon | Nantucket, MA

A Tribute to “Mac”

The Nantucket Historical Association and The House that Mac Built will present four staged readings during the Nantucket Arts Festival to honor the life of Joseph ‘Mac’ Dixon, the co-founder and forty-year Artistic Director of The Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. This tribute will include many of Mac’s former students and …

The Pacific Club | Nantucket, MA

The Pacific Club – A Look Back

~ by Amy Jenness ~ In the spring of 1772 successful Nantucket whaling merchant William Rotch began constructing a new, 3-story brick building at the bottom of Main Street which he used as offices and a warehouse for his growing business. Rotch’s structure survives today and is the only 18th …

Oldest House | Nantucket, MA

Walking Through Four Centuries

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA), in collaboration with the Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) and the Nantucket Preservation Trust (NPT), is pleased to announce the “Four Centuries Domestic Walking Tour” tour on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10 A.M. Join expert preservationists and conservators for an exploratory two-hour walking tour examining …

History of Storms | Nantucket, MA

The Fury of the Storms

~ by Amy Jenness ~ In mid-September of 1961 Hurricane Esther gathered itself into a category three, and the category four, hurricane as it moved north-northwest from the Cape Verde Islands. The storm peaked with sustained winds of 145 mph, made landfall in North Carolina and continued north. Early on …