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One Island, One Town: Pure Pleasure
Nantucket is one of those places that is so unique and so special that one word, one phrase, nor one sentance cannot convey what it is.
Known to some as the Grey Lady, to others the words of Herman Melville are expected to hang in the air around Fisherman's Wharf.
The Island is as it's always been - a place where Time has extended a gracious hand and those who cherish the island work hard to perserve the charm and historical significance that wraps around the forty-eight square miles that comprise Nantucket Island Proper. The County of Nantucket is a conglomeration of Nantucket Island, Tuckernuck Island and Muskeget Island. The National Park Service has designated the entire island as a National Historic District, paying particular note to the settlements of Nantucket and the village of Siasconset on the southern side of the Island. History buffs and architecture enthusiasts will revel in the fact that Nantucker has the highest concentration of pre-Civil War structures in the United States.
The history of Nantucket’s settlement by the English did not begin in earnest until 1659 when Thomas Mayhew (who possessed the deed to Nantucket) sold his interest to the "nine original purchasers": Tristram Coffin, Thomas Macy, Christopher Hussey, Richard Swayne, Thomas Bernard, Peter Coffin, Stephen Greenleafe, John Swayne and William Pike – "For the sum of thirty pounds…and also two beaver hats, one for myself, and one for my wife".
Walking along the cobblestone streets and taking in the flavor that permeates every aspect of Nantucket life, it is easy to see that Nantucket is still proud of its whaling heritage. After all, from the mid-1700s to the late 1830s the island was the whaling capital of the world with as many as 150 ships making port in Nantucket during its peak.
Much like its sister-island, Martha's Vineyard, seasonal visitors truly discovered the treasures to be found on Nantucket by the late eighteen-hundreds. That tradition carries on through today, and every day, when someone visits the Island, polishes a distant memory to a warm-hearted sparkle or creates their own Nantucket Moment to carry with them for the rest of their lives.