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People & Our Past

Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.

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Revival

On the evening of July 13, 1846, a faulty stovepipe in a hat store on Main Street ignited the Great Fire, and it swept through downtown Nantucket without discrimination, its flames consuming nearly...

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Stitches In Time

Susie Boardman sits on her couch, her caramel-colored Norwich terrier Sukey curled up beside her while she listens to the crisp British voice of actress Tilda Swinton reading those familiar words, “Call me...

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The World of the Essex

In the end all that remained was a harrowing story, a nightmare of survival in the Pacific Ocean. Soon after the survivors returned home, the story of their journey to the edge of the known world, the...

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10 People Who Make a Difference

Sarah Alger

Nantucket, like many small towns scattered throughout New England, still holds an Annual Town Meeting each spring to decide its municipal business. Many consider it the last true form of...

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Privateers and the War of 1812

The battle raged close to shore. Years later one man, who was 16 years old on that October evening in 1814, remembered hearing people watching from a rooftop on Orange Street, pointing out the flashes of...

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Hoop Journey

The moment Josh Butler thought to himself that there might actually be a basketball life after college came in a small gym in Philadelphia.

This was in the late spring. His college career had just ended....

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Modern Man

Vladimir Kagan’s house is abuzz with young people.

Two girls work on their computers completely oblivious to the activities around them. A tall blonde woman is introduced as the housekeeper, but she is...

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Comfortably Elegant

Trudy Dujardin has been decorating Nantucket homes for several decades and knows a thing or two about Nantucket style. Known for her classic rooms, she aims to make Nantucket’s natural beauty very much a...

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George Bassett: A Life on the Water

George Bassett claims to have the best office on the island, and he may very well be right.

The director of marine operations for Nantucket Island Resorts’ workplace is perched at the end of Swain’s...

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A Passion for the Sea

The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, of which the Nantucket Opera House Cup is a part, has become the leading international circuit for classic sailing races. Now celebrating its 10th year, Officine...

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