People & Our Past
Discover an island steeped in history and home to a host of fascinating people from all walks of life.
Five years into the War for Independence, George Washington was leading an army that was undermanned, underfed, ragged and often unpaid. It was an army that lost as many battles as it won. And the vaunted...read more
The 11 people we have chosen in 2018 as People who Make a Difference for their assortment of talents and gifts they give back to their community are Carlos Castrello, Mary Haft, Lulie and Gordon Gund,...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
Blue Balliett, author of nearly a dozen childrens’ books, from “Chasing Vermeer” to her newest book “Out of the Wild Night,” has been inspired by the island where she met her husband and where they now...read more
When Justify came barreling around the final turn at the Belmont Stakes with the lead, just a few hundred yards from immortality, Sol Kumin had a different feeling than usual. Normally one to jump up and...read more
Capt. Rob McMullen might have the best job on Nantucket. He spends his summers at the helm of the Wauwinet Lady, shuttling diners across Nantucket Harbor for lunch or dinner at TOPPER’S at the Wauwinet,...read more
There is a place, at the top of a little rise in the Shawkemo Hills, where you can clearly see the lighthouses of both Great Point and Sankaty in the distance. In the sightlines are the harbor and the...read more
They are some of her earliest memories. Jane Alexander couldn’t have been more than 2 or 3 when her family first started spending summers on Nantucket in the early 1940s. Her father was a surgeon, serving...read more
It began the way documentary film projects sometimes do, with a conversation, with a simple question that seemed almost random at the time but which opened up the moment into something larger, something...read more
You might think it’s easy for two people whose businesses involve designing and furnishing other people’s homes to design their own living space.
But when interior designer Jennifer Sell and her husband...read more