People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
From the sacred ground beneath the gravestones, in the little burial plot off Vesper Lane, flow dozens of stories of courage and hope, that describe the struggle to be free. Some of the men and women...read more
It began with an invitation for Randy Hudson to go to Montana and mix some whiskey with a group of craft distillers who call themselves Good Guy Distillers.
Hudson’s Triple Eight Distillery is part of...read more
The woman on the other end of the phone wanted to know if she could order a takeout Thanksgiving dinner. She said her husband would pick it up when it was ready. Sure enough, the woman’s husband showed up,...read more
Phil Bartlett was stunned. He was looking at plans for a subdivision on the Miacomet property once owned by his neighbor Ralph Marble that would carve it up into a subdivision for 500 houses.
You had to look at the house at 55 Union St. with the right eyes to see the value of restoring it. Trees were growing through the floorboards. Its history sat inside like a threadbare ghost. It was facing...read more
When I close my eyes and picture fishing on Nantucket, it involves multiple people, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the surf, casting into a big school of bluefish, as the sun sets on the horizon.
It’s been two and a half years since Charity Grace Mofsen woke up to see the words “N----r Leave” spray-painted on the front doors of the African Meeting House, where she had been the manager. The culprit...read more
The Tap Room was the kind of place you could feel comfortable disappearing for an afternoon, back when one of the purposes of a local watering hole was to hide patrons from the stresses of the world...read more
We are sitting in Steve Bender’s kitchen, eating oysters. That is to say, I am eating oysters. He is talking about the specific natural elements that have lent his oysters a sense that they know where they...read more
Dick Glidden remembers walking into the Nantucket Boys Club for the first time in 1956 as a 7-year-old. The club was on Francis Street back then. There was a small gymnasium, which seemed giant to him as a...read more