Walking Through Four Centuries

Oldest House | Nantucket, MAThe 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 four centuries of architectural history and land use and how it shaped homes, buildings and neighborhoods. The Nantucket Historical Association’s historic guide Karen MacNab, Jascin Finger of the Maria Mitchell Association and Michael May of the Nantucket Preservation Trust will guide this intriguing tour of the exteriors of four Nantucket properties including three NHA sites (Oldest House, Hadwen House, and Greater Light) and MMA’s Mitchell House.

This exploratory walking tour weaves through the island’s architectural history with stops at historically important structures. The first stop will be the NHA’s Oldest House, built in 1686, representing the architecture of Nantucket’s first settlement. The tour will also include the MMA’s 1790 Mitchell House, a stunning example of Quaker architecture, and the NHA’s elegant 1845 Greek Revival Hadwen House, representing the most prosperous period in Nantucket’s past – the golden years of whaling. Another stop on the tour will be at the NHA’s Greater Light, originally built as a livestock barn in 1790 and remodeled into a summer home in 1929-1933, reflecting Nantucket’s art colony and resort era.

Interested participants should meet at the Oldest House, 16 Sunset Hill at 10 A.M. The tour will last approximately two hours.

Space is limited. Tickets are $10 per person (cash only) and can only be purchased on site.