There's History Everywhere on Nantucket

This small post-and-beam building is the nation’s second-oldest church structure still standing and was built by free African Americans for their use.  The African Meeting House, and adjacent Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House, are the only public structures remaining on the island that are identifiably central to the African American community’s 18th and 19th-century American history. The first Africans on Nantucket were slaves, but when slavery was abolished on the Island in 1773, they became vital contributors to the community as whalers, tradesmen, barbers and clergy.

Renovated in 2005, the Whaling Museum includes a fully-restored 1847 spermaceti candle factory, a forty-six foot sperm whale skeleton and top-quality exhibition halls displaying hundreds of  artifacts, including a world-class collection of scrimshaw, paintings, furniture, lightship baskets, samplers and clothing. Visitors can also climb the grand stairwell to the rooftop observation deck for a one-of-a-kind view of Nantucket harbor.

Renovated in 2005, the Whaling Museum includes a fully-restored 1847 spermaceti candle factory, a forty-six foot sperm whale skeleton and top-quality exhibition halls displaying hundreds of  artifacts, including a world-class collection of scrimshaw, paintings, furniture, lightship baskets, samplers and clothing. Visitors can also climb the grand stairwell to the rooftop observation deck for a one-of-a-kind view of Nantucket harbor.

The Jethro Coffin House is the oldest island residence retaining its original foundation.  It dates to the period of Nantucket’s first European settlement. A period kitchen garden is located behind the property and features a wide array of plantings, recreating what would have been common in the 1700s.

Built in 1746 this mill is the oldest functioning mill in the country! It is a famous and often photographed Nantucket landmark and interesting to visit.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the men of the United States Lifesaving Service performed hundreds of rescues off the coast of Nantucket. Learn about their selfless acts of courage and the Island’s maritime history at the recently renovated Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. The museum’s grounds offer breathtaking views of Folger’s Marsh and are ideal for picnicking.

The historic Coffin School was founded in 1827 by Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, an English baronet who intended to provide “a good English education to youth who are descendents of the late Tristram Coffin” (almost every child on Nantucket), including nautical training for Island boys. Currently, the Coffin School welcomes visitors to experience educational and entertaining speaker programs that explore topics related to Nantucket’s maritime traditions,  culture and history, in addition to showing classic maritime movies in July and August.

The rich heritage of the lightship basket reflects the spirit and creative spark of the people who made them and inspires the work of those who keep the art alive today. Today, the lightship basket is recognized internationally as a Nantucket icon. Both annual and permanent exhibits, guest speakers, weaving demonstrations and tours of the 1820s-era garden are offered throughout the season.

The Nantucket Atheneum is one of the oldest public libraries in continuous service in the United States. Once attracting prominent 19th century speakers – including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglas – the Great Hall on the second floor now serves as a free research and information area with reference books and public access computers. The Weezie Library for Children offers year-round programs, including storytelling, music, puppet shows and Family Nights, and features a vibrant selection of material for Island youth. The adjoining Atheneum Garden provides a welcome downtown green space for relaxing, playing or quiet reading.

Maria Mitchell, America’s first female astronomer, was born and raised on Nantucket Island. From a telescope placed atop the Pacific National Bank, she sighted the comet that brought her international fame. The Maria Mitchell Association educates adults and children in astronomy, environmental science and Island history through various programs and facilities.

Located on Nantucket Harbor, the Aquarium is “cozy” and exhibits Nantucket marine life. It also offers ecology and beach discovery field trips for families with younger children.

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Keeping you cool with a specialty cocktail this 4th of July. See you at the pool!
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Our new executive chef, Colin Coyle is bringing summer to life dish by dish this season. Join us for a summery dinner on our deck or in one of our private cabanas 📸: @caitlinhoustonblog
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Summer’s here and it feels so good! Tell us what you’re most excited about doing on-island this summer in the comments!
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Looking for a way to commemorate a special occasion? We’re offering private poolside dining in our cabanas this season. Enjoy the evening atmosphere with a party of up to four in memorable land summer-y setting. 📸: @candidlydeena
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Sailing into summer views with this gorgeous shot by @vineyardlights. What iconic Vineyard sights get you excited for a trip out to the island? 📸: @vineyardlights
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What’s the first place you’re stopping when you arrive on-island this summer? I’ve Cream & Candy Bazaar in Edgartown is one of our favorites- tell us in the comments below and tap the link in our bio to learn about new experiences at the Winnetu this summer! 📸: @emilyshell .
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We’re excited to offer Arrive & Drive rentals right from the Winnetu this year! In partnership with MV Auto Rental, we’re offering Jeep Gladiators (with Oversand permits!) plus a variety of other rental cars to get around the island. Rent from us right on-site or book a rental vehicle ahead of time and we’ll arrange to have it waiting for you at the ferry or airport upon your arrival. Tap the link in our bio and head to “Private Experiences” to learn more!
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We’re back open to the public starting June 12th and ready for a #TimelessSummer on Martha’s Vineyard. Head on over to the link in our bio to learn about the new experiences, amenities, and activities we’re offering this season.
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We’re also excited to announce the first winner of our #MyVintageSummer campaign! Congrats to @amoskovitz on her winning vintage photo submission. We loved this shot on the beach from her childhood - it reminds us of everything we love about summer!
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Hello June, we’ve been waiting for you. We can’t wait to welcome you all back starting June 12th. Stay tuned for more.
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Feeling grateful this weekend and can not wait to welcome you back in just a few short weeks 📸: @catboatcharters
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Keep them coming! We’ve been receiving some amazing #MyVintageSummer submissions and we’re looking forward to seeing more. Tap the link in our bio to learn how submitting a vintage vacation photo could win you a stay with us or our sister resort @thenantucket! While you’re there, check out the other submissions in our virtual scrapbook, like this one from @amoskovitz!
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This red bi-plane is a familiar sight in the sky above the Winnetu. Hoping to hear its engines roar again soon. 📸: @lucydahl4 .
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This week we caught up with Ryan Smith of MV based Select Oysters. Link in bio to read our conversation with Ryan! #Winnetu #NewEngland #igersNewEngland #MV #MarthasVineyard #Vineyard #TimelessSummer ...

On this week’s Island Spotlight, we spoke with Chick Stapleton at @islandspiritkayak to learn more about the business and their involvement with Sengekontacket Pond. Link in bio to read on! .
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This week we’re talking to Lindsay Brown at the @farminstitute in Katama (our neighbors!). Link in bio to read on! ...

Thinking of sunny days and good company- share your Winnetu memory with #Winnetu and we’ll share it on our Instagram Story! 📸: @rosemary.tufankjian ...

During this difficult time, we are trying to remain positive, looking forward to brighter days. We are wishing that everyone remains healthy and safe.

To help bring some Island-life to our guests who may be missing the Vineyard, we are launching a series of conversations featuring some of our favorite Martha's Vineyard small businesses and organizations. And some, are just right outside our door. Link in bio to read on!
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