People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
The captain is drunk. His mistress is on the ship. He is ferrying passengers from island to island in the South Pacific, not paying any attention to the whales he’s sailed thousands of miles to hunt....read more
The 30-year battle with erosion on the Sconset Bluff has become more than about finding a workable and acceptable engineering solution to save the houses along Baxter Road from falling into the sea, as...read more
The epidemic hit the island like a thundering wave. Everybody knew what was happening on the mainland. The now-iconic photos were simply the news of the day then: New York City cops wearing surgical masks,...read more
“I remember the huge winch that was at the bow, and the graceful curve of her deck and bulwarks. Even at a young age I could appreciate the magnifi- cent view across the Easy Street Basin, and of course no...read more
People Who Make a Difference
The 10 people we have chosen in 2019 as Nantucket’s People who Make a Difference for their assortment of talents and gifts they give back to their community are Alan...read more
Every sailing story is really a story about a boat. Thor Heyerdahl’s raft in “Kon-Tiki,” Ahab’s doomed but fictional Pequod and the very real and equally doomed Essex. The last two sailed out of Nantucket;...read more
There are dozens of nonprofit and charity organizations on Nantucket dedicated to doing good work, from fostering art and culture to protecting soul-soothing open space. They enrich the lives of residents...read more
Kevin Withrow has hotels in his blood. He learned to walk in New York’s famed Barbizon Hotel and played football with the bellboys in the lobby of The Royalton.
“I have very vague memories of New York...read more
Jasper Young was 12 years old when he first put on a Young’s Bicycle Shop shirt and hat, and started working for his father. Seventeen years later, he’s standing behind the front counter at the bike shop...read more
Sometimes it is not only about a love of the law, or the excitement of courtroom battles. Sometimes being a lawyer is about family, tradition and a connection to the community.
Jessie Glidden Brescher...read more