People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
For 29 years, Tom Proch was the culinary genius at The Club Car,
￼Joe Pantorno’s iconic island restaurant, named after the dining car that was once part of Nantucket’s shortlived railroad. But that all...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more