People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
Nat Philbrick’s books have a sort of polite subversion woven into them. This does not mean that he topples any statues. But he does have a way of turning those statues into flesh and blood, men and women,...read more
Greta Feeney’s ties to the Nantucket Community Music Center extend back to her high-school years when she took lessons from Holly Cluett, a soprano, harpsichordist and organist at the Coffin School on...read more
Did you ever wonder how Nantucket stylemakers decorate and live in their own homes? Now and then we get a peek inside for an intimate look and some insightful tips from these experts. Meet Michael Molinar....read more
Oscar-winner Ron Howard wasn’t the first director to try to bring Nat Philbrick’s National Book Award-winning “In the Heart of the Sea” from the page to the big screen. But he was the only one to succeed....read more
Nina Hellman can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in history. For more than 35 years, she and her husband Bob have earned a reputation for being serious and respected collectors of mostly...read more
When it comes to protecting and preserving the natural beauty of the island, the team that makes up the Nantucket Land Council will fight to make sure the environment is properly represented with respect...read more
Beneath the South Church’s iconic golden dome swings a massive bell, weighing in at almost two tons. Manufactured in Lisbon, Portugal at the dawn of the 19th century, it is a regimented timepiece for the...read more
Going into the antique and interior-design business might seem a bit odd for two people who studied mechanical engineering and marketing in college. For Tucker Holland and his wife Michelle, however, it...read more
The Old Jail. The Oldest House. The Old Mill.
The streets of Nantucket are lined with historic homes and buildings, an easy giveaway by the word “old.”
These structures make up the historical integrity...read more
It was a storm of Shakespearean magnitude, a tempest that blew in with no warning on a Monday morning in the spring of 1879.
“The sea grew white as if by magic and as the elements raged more violently,...read more