My family once vacationed on the beautiful island of Nantucket, with friends of ours when I was about eleven years old. It became one of our favorite destinations and a place that we thought very highly of. So much so, that my mother even named the family dog, who we got only months after our visit, Tucket (true story). But what was there not to like about the island? It’s small, quaint and filled with history. It’s the kind of place where you hop on your bike in the morning head down to the beach and stay, feet planted in the sand, all day long. It is the epitome of lovely.
Nantucket was originally inhabited by Wampanoag Indians until settlement by the English in 1659. Many seaman and tradesmen began to populate the island and Nantucket dominated in the whaling industry. It is even mentioned in the classic, Moby Dick, how for Nantucketer’s “the sea is his; he owns it, as Emperors own empires.”
But the island suffered economic hardship and devastation of a great fire in 1846 that burned some 40 acres. Many people left Nantucket and the island suffered a small population. This however, led to many pre-civil war buildings being left intact. So around the 1950’s in attempts to revive Nantucket Island, developers began to restore the land into the destination spot it has become.
I may have a soft spot for this beautiful island, but you should check out these images (and the more we have back at Newscom) and see why you should have a soft spot as well.
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