The Nation of Nantucket

The Women of Petticoat Row, ca. 1890. Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Well, I finally did it.  After many, many requests and at the urging of many, I published a small book.  It took me a little longer than I hoped but I have...
Did you know that part of the Dreamland Theater was once a Quaker meetinghouse before it was floated to Brant Point to serve as a hotel?  Photograph courtesy of the author.

Over quite a few of my entries for “The Nation of Nantucket” you may have noted a “trend” for lack of a better word.  I am referring to the fact that the...
The Pacific Club where Grace Henry had her office.  The sign for her office was still on that side door not that many years ago.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
A fishing weir, though not of Wampanoag vintage.  But, it gives an idea.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

And now, for something about the Nation of Nantucket’s first inhabitants.    When our fire is extinguished, and our wigwams have become razed, then the...
Parliament House.  The first site of Quaker meetings on Nantucket.  Photograph courtesy of the author.

So, we all say we know that the Quaker faith influenced the island – even the island that we know and love today.  But what do you know about Quakerism?  I...
Pottery shards.  Photograph courtesy of the author.

I wrote this piece sometime ago but I think it is important to remember that our history can be found everywhere and in anything. Here you see the fruits of a...
Whittier's rose.  Courtesy of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association.

It used to be that in schools children were asked to memorize significant portions of famous speeches, poems, plays, or other well-known written pieces.  It...
Women of Petticoat Row.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

In the nineteenth century, much of Centre Street between Main and Broad Streets became known as Petticoat Row because so many of the shops were run by women. ...
Lucretia Coffin Mott and James Mott.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
Parliament House, part of which was once Mary Coffin Starbuck's home when it was located at Sherburne.  Photograph courtesy of the author.

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...
A whaleship in the camels being towed by a steamer.  Photograph courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

Today, the steamship and other large boats move in and out of Nantucket with relative ease.  In the nineteenth century, there was nothing easy about crossing...
Ships firing

From time to time, I hope to introduce you to some lesser known members of our community who walked our streets long ago.  My focus will be heavily on women –...

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