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…
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…
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.
Historic Building in Nantucket Town

Hadwen House

A walk through the Nantucket Historical Association’s Hadwen House, a Greek Revival home built in 1845 by a whaling merchant, provides testimony to just how lucrative the whaling industry was in its heyday. At the t…