If you are planning on taking a trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts, you have chosen a fantastic place to visit. There are many things to see and do. Everything from great food – Boston baked beans, clam chowder, and some of the most delicious you could ever imagine eating, interesting historical museums, and exciting nightlife – is right here in Nantucket.
Nantucket Antheneum Library
The Nantucket Antheneum Library is known as “The Island’s Unique Library.” It is easy to understand how this library came to be known as unique. In addition to housing a vast number of books, you have access to CDs, DVDs, and other items. This library was the meeting place of abolitionists in the earlier years and continues today to be on the forefront of keeping up with the diversity of the island. It is certified by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and is a member of Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing, or CLAMS.
The Whaling Museum is another point of interest that you will definitely want to visit while you are visiting Nantucket. This structure was actually rebuilt after Nantucket’s Great Fire in 1846, which was around the time of the end of the whaling era. It was purchased by two of the island’s businessman and was operated as a candle factory until whaling ceased. This building’s history is so rich and varied. It was ultimately restored in 2005 and named The Nantucket Whaling Museum. It features the fully restored candle factory, a state-of-the-art exhibition space and a sperm whale skeleton. The total access observation deck overlooks the Nantucket harbor. In 2008 it received accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
The Oldest House and Historic Garden
This house is also known as the Jethro Coffin House. It is the oldest residence in Nantucket. It was built as a wedding gift for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner in 1686. It is the only original structure that remains on the island. In 1708 Jethro sold the house. In 1987 the house was struck by lightning and underwent a complete renovation.
Antiques and Design Show of Nantucket
The Antiques and Design Show of Nantucket is regarded as Nantucket Historical Association’s major fund-raising event of the year. This will the 37th year that the show has taken place and will be held from July 30 through August 4, 2014. It is managed by the Antiques Council and includes a week of lectures, activities, and parties. If you are interested in history and antiques, stay in a Nantucket vacation rental house for the week and don’t miss any antique events!
Brant Point Lighthouse
In the 1740’s, the whaling industry in Nantucket was growing quite rapidly. In 1746 a town hall meeting was called and it was decided that a lighthouse would be erected at Brant Point. This lighthouse has a very rich history which includes American forces setting up cannons at Brant Point to fire on loyalists and force them out of the vessel. This lighthouse was completely renovated in the fall of 2000 by the Coast Guard and Campbell Construction Group. This project lasted for six weeks. Brant Point continues to be the “coming round point” on Nantucket Island and that tradition will continue long into the future.
The Chicken Box
If you are looking for great food and entertainment, you should definitely visit The Chicken Box. Fifty years ago, a young African-American man, Willie House, and his wife from Kentucky came to Nantucket Island. For a while, they were employed as domestics for a wealthy white family. Some short time later, Willie remodeled a small, vacant structure on the outskirts of the island. His main goal for doing this was to have a place to make southern fried chicken. With each successive summer, Willie’s place of business grew in popularity. He decided to bring in live bands. The Chicken Box became a hot spot for entertainers, boasting well-known acts and acts whose fame was burgeoning. When Willie’s health began to fail, local customers and friends helped him to keep the business going. In 1977 he sold the business and the buildings. The Chicken Box remains open today and still features live entertainment, including reggae.
There are many fun and educational activities to take part in on your visit to Nantucket Island. All it takes is a little research and you will be well on your way to a very enjoyable vacation.