Nantucket

This is where I live.

Nantucket is an island 30 miles off the south coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  It is 14 miles long and 3 1/2 miles wide, with over 40% conservation land, beaches, lighthouses, and the most quaint downtown you’ve ever seen.

Nantucket means “The Faraway Land” in the language of the native Wampanoag tribe.  The island was first sighted by an Englishman, Bartholomew Gosnold, in 1602 and it was settled in 1659.  In the late 1600s whales were found off shore and between 1750 and 1840, the island was one of the major whaling ports in North America.  It is noted as the setting (on land) for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and several other American novels.

With the decline of the whaling industry in the 1880s, Nantucket’s main industry became tourism.  The island has a year round population of over 10,000 and swells to 50,000-60,000 during July and August. Nantucket is reachable year round by ferry boat or plane service.

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For more information about the island visit:

  • Nantucket-MA.gov – official city website
  • Nantucket.net – tourism, visitor information, and a great classifieds section for islanders
  • Wikipedia – everyone’s favorite (not-peer-reviewed) research site