Nantucket, located approximately 30 miles south of the coast of Cape Cod, has two exceptionally well preserved village centers (Nantucket Town and Siasconset) which retain nationally important examples of architecture from the Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian periods. The survival of Nantucket’s historic buildings is due in large part to the economic decline of the whaling industry in the mid 1800s. The island was largely forgotten for half a century and, as a result, its fine architecture survived through neglect. To protect this historic architecture, in 1955, Nantucket became one of the first communities in the nation to establish a local historic district, regulating exterior changes to the island’s architecture. However, this left the interior architecture of the homes and buildings in danger. The Nantucket Preservation Trust was formed in 1997 to protect the island’s historic interiors.
Today, most islanders and visitors think of Nantucket and historic preservation simultaneously—but the reality is that the historic fabric of the island is being destroyed every day. Nantucket’s success as a summer resort poses a threat to its historic resources, with homes being insensitively renovated with little regard to preserving their interior character. The Nantucket Preservation Trust, as a steward and advocate of the island’s rich architectural heritage, aims to further preservation education and the protection of Nantucket’s historic resources.
Register for the 2017 Nantucket Preservation Symposium to discover firsthand the reasons why Nantucket Island was recently named the “best island in the world” by National Geographic Travel including: the island’s conservation lands, award winning beaches, five-star restaurants, one of a kind local shops, and most importantly the historic architecture.
Click this icon above the map to find locations for:
- Symposium Events
- Historic Points of Interest
- Hotels and Inns
- Restaurants and Cafes
- General Locations (Bathrooms, Ferries, Visitor Center, etc)
- Nantucket Nature (Walking Trails, Parks, Beaches, etc)
General Island Information
Chamber of Commerce
Discover what’s happening on island, find local business and merchant information, check out the latest activities, walking/biking trails, and find more information on island festivals, events, and the community.
View the visitors guide book (available for free on island)
Town of Nantucket
Looking for the official town information including government agencies, local rules and regulations, parking information, contact numbers, and more.
Inquirer and Mirror Newspaper
Stay up to date with what is happening before and during your time on Nantucket.
A great website to get an insider’s view of the island’s current happenings, news, and reviews on the local culinary delights.
Mahon About Town – Arts and Social Calendar
Visit this island calendar to see an overview of all events offered throughout the year including: films, non-profits events, town events, artist exhibits, and more!
Arts and Social Calendar
An island landmark, the iconic White Elephant is one of the finest luxury hotels on Nantucket where you are immersed in island charm and elegance. Edging Nantucket Harbor, our waterfront resort features chic, light-filled rooms, suites, garden cottages, and in-town lofts with balconies and magnificent harbor views. Click here to book your reservation today!
Nantucket Historical Association
Visit some of the island’s historic properties or take a tour of the Nantucket Whaling Museum, a favorite of many.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation
Take a peek here to learn a bit about this organization (past Nantucket Preservation Trust award recipient) and learn more about the conservation of the islands land.
Stop in to see one of the Nantucket Preservation Trust’s easement properties, and see if they have any upcoming events offered, or find a good book to snuggle down and read.
Spring 2017 Restaurant Week
Take a peek to see which island restaurants are participating in Nantucket Island’s annual Spring Restaurant Week. We suggest you make your reservations early; restaurants do become booked up during this week!
If you feel like exploring the island on your own for a bit, below you will find a list of suggested guided, tours including: walking, hiking, bus, boat, and bike tours.
Nantucket Bike Tours
Nantucket Walk About (guided hiking/trail tours)
Endeavor Sailing Excursions
Raven’s Walking Tours
Fishing Charters and Water Tours
Captain Tom’s Charters
Just Do it Too It
Shear Water Excursions