Top Choice Church in Nantucket Town

First Congregational Church

Everyone comes to this church, which traces its roots to the early 1700s, for the eagle-eye view from the top of the steeple. It's well worth the 94-step climb!
Top Choice Historic Site in Nantucket Town

Nantucket Atheneum

More than just the public library, this stately Greek Revival edifice is a sight in itself. The 2nd-floor Great Hall has hosted such notables as Ralph Waldo Emerson and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Nationally kn…
Top Choice Museum in Nantucket Town

Nantucket Whaling Museum

One of the island's highlights, this evocative museum occupies an 1847 spermaceti (whale oil) candle factory and the excellent exhibits relive Nantucket's 19th-century heyday as the whaling center of the world. Ther…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Nantucket Town

Brant Point Light

Welcoming ferries into Nantucket Harbor, this lighthouse was established in 1746 and is still in operation. It's quite tiny (only 26ft), but impossibly photogenic – you may see many wedding parties using it as a bac…
Museum in Nantucket Town

Museum of African American History

The Nantucket campus of this museum stands as testimony to the influential African American community that thrived on the island in the 19th century. It includes the African Meeting House, built in 1820, which is th…
Historic Building in Nantucket Town

Jethro Coffin House

Built in 1686, the Jethro Coffin House is the town’s oldest building still on its original foundation. It’s in a traditional ‘salt box’ style, with south-facing windows to catch the winter sun and a long, sloping ro…
Historic Site in Nantucket Town

Nantucket Historical Association

The umbrella Nantucket Historical Association maintains dozens of historical sites covering everything from its farming beginnings to the prosperous whaling days. The NHA's most famous property is the Whaling Museum…
Museum in Nantucket Town

Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

What the lighthouse is to the New England coast, the lightship was to the sea – essentially a floating lighthouse to warn of dangerous shoals or sandbars below. Sailors would stay aboard the lightships for weeks on …
Historic Building in Nantucket Town

Old Gaol

To see where drunken sailors used to spend the night, visit the Old Gaol, the c 1806 jail that served Nantucket for 125 years. It was constructed using massive oak timbers with iron bolts running the length of the w…
Historic Building in Nantucket Town

Old Mill

The Old Mill is America’s oldest working windmill (c 1746), as game young docents will demonstrate by grinding corn (weather conditions permitting). It's under the helm of the Nantucket Historical Association.