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Nantucket

  • NRHP Name: Nantucket Historic District
  • 1683 - 1691: Nantucket, Dukes County, New York
  • Also Known As: Sherburne

  • Type: Island
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

The island of Nantucket is situated some thirty miles southeast of Massachusetts, is fifteen miles in length, with an average breadth of four or five, and presents a coast line of about seventy -five miles. Owing to the peculiar shape of the island, and the indentures made by the harbor, the coast line, especially on the northern side, is exceedingly irregular. A light sandy beach extends around the island, and with the exception of a small reef in Muskeget Channel and a few isolated ones in the immediate vicinity of the shore on the north side of the island and Tuckemuck, the coast is entirely clear of rocks. But equally to be dreaded is the vast extent of shoals which encompass it on every hand, and upon nearly every one of which some vessel has been lost. - Wrecks Around Nantucket, 1915, Arthur H Gardner


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Places

Name of Notable Genus AsNotedIn No Address Proximity Area
Name Genus AsNotedIn Address Proximity Area
Brant Point Light Station
  • Sight
  • NRHP
1 Easton St Brant Pt
Eliza Starbuck Barney House, Nantucket
  • Sight
  • PRHP
73 Main St W of Centre St
Great Point Light
  • Sight
Wauwinet Rd Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge, northernmost point
Jared Coffin House
  • Lodging
  • Lodging
  • Sight
29 Broad St Centre St
Sankaty Head Light
  • Sight
  • NRHP
118 Baxter Rd Sankaty Head
The Oldest House and the Historic Garden
  • Activity
  • Sight
  • Visit
  • NRHP
  • US NHL
16 Sunset Hill E of N Liberty St, off Sunset Hill Ln

Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1605/05/06 George Weymouth Explorer Waymouth and his single ship manned by a twenty-nine crew land on Nantucket Island.
1641/10/00 William, Earl of Stirling, deeds Nantucket island to Thomas Mayhew of Watertown, Massachusetts Bay.
1659/02/00 Peter Coffin Owner Thomas Mayhew sells 9 10ths of Nantucket Island to Tristram Coffin, Thomas Barnard, Peter Coffin, Christopher Hussey, Thomas Macy, William Pike, John Swayne and Richard Swayne for 30 pounds and 2 beaver hats, one for himself and one for his wife.
1659/02/00 Tristram Coffin Owner Thomas Mayhew sells 9 10ths of Nantucket Island to Tristram Coffin, Thomas Barnard, Peter Coffin, Christopher Hussey, Thomas Macy, William Pike, John Swayne and Richard Swayne for 30 pounds and 2 beaver hats, one for himself and one for his wife.
1663/00/00 Mary Morrell Folger Life Peter and Mary Folger relocate to Nantucket island.
1692/08/17 Nathaniel Coffin Groom Damaris Gayer, daughter of William Gayer and Dorcas Starbuck Gayer, marries Nathaniel Coffin on Nantucket, during a service officiated by Justice of the Peace, William Worth. The couple will be blessed with 10 children, all born on Nantucket.
1701/00/00 Mary Coffin Starbuck Faith No churches were allowed on Nantucket Island until Mary Coffin Starbuck became a believer after listening to English Quaker minister John Richardson (1667-1753) speak before a crowd of Nantucketers.
1708/00/00 Mary Coffin Starbuck Faith A Quaker Meeting is formed with Mary Coffin Starbuck as an elder. The first meetings are held in the Starbuck home, called Parliament House. The residence may have been moved to 10 Pine St, but likely materials salvaged form the new house.
1772/04/00 William Rotch Sr Owner, Work In the spring of 1772, William Rotch begins building a new, 3-story brick building at Main and South Water Sts to be used as offices and a warehouse for William Rotch and Sons. The structure survives today and is the only C18 brick building on Nantucket.
1772/04/00 William Rotch and Sons Office In the spring of 1772, William Rotch begins building a new, 3-story brick building at Main and South Water Sts to be used as offices and a warehouse for William Rotch and Sons. The structure survives today and is the only C18 brick building on Nantucket.
1791/00/00 First customs office in Nantucket opens in 1791. By 1830, Nantucket had 140 vessels operating as businesses, including 73 ships, 20 schooners, 46 sloops and a steamer.
1793/01/03 Lucretia Mott Born Anna (Folger) Coffin, wife of Thomas Coffin, gives birth to daughter in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
1816/00/00 Capt Henry J Starbuck Life At about age 10, Henry Starbuck becomes a cabin boy on a whaler from Nantucket in the Azores. As a lad, he will be adopted by William C Starbuck of Nantucket.
1818/00/00 Pacific Bank is built of brick in 1818.
1830/00/00 Charles G Coffin Home Nantucket mason, Christopher Capen builds Charles G Coffin's house at 78 Main.
1831/00/00 Henry Coffin Home Christopher Capen builds Henry Coffin's house at 75 Main.
1836/00/00 Joseph Starbuck Benefactor Joseph Starbuck hires master mason Capen to build 3 homes for his 3 sons, William, Matthew and George on Main Street. Capen began building in early 1837 and Starbuck made his final payment of $3,248 in November of 1840.
1838/00/00 The Quaker (Friends) Meeting House on Fair Street is built to serve as a Friends School for the Wilburite Sect.
1848/12/09 News of gold in California is reported in Nantucket's weekly Mirror. By the end of 1849 more than 500 Nantucketers will sail for the Pacific Coast. California Gold Rush
1913/03/00 Nantucket's customs office closes. The customs collector, Obed G Smith, had only collected a total of 48 cents in 10 years.

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Places

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PlaceAsNotedInType
Muskeget Island

Data »

Particulars for Nantucket:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Commerce
Architectural Style Federal Style
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Industry
Physiographic feature Island
Owner Local
Historic Use Manufacturing facility
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Cultural Affiliation Quakers
Historic Use Single dwelling
Geology Terminal Moraine
Historic Use Water Works
Industry Whaling



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000772
Resource Type:
Owner: Private, Local
Architect: Multiple
Architectural Style: Federal
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Industry, Commerce, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1650-1699, 1700-1749, 1800-1824, 1750-1799, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1661, 1843, 1846
Historic Function: Domestic, Industry, processing, extraction, Industry, processing, extraction
Historic Sub-Function: Water works, Single dwelling, Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling Camp

Creative Works »

WorkTypeAsNotedInCreatorNote
Moby Dick (book) Makrystoria Herman Melville Setting

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