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Nantucket, Massachusetts (Images of America Series)


Nantucket, a Wampanoag word meaning "far-away island," was

first settled by Europeans in 1659. The earliest settlers, known as

the "Proprietors," envisioned a community of farmers and shepherds,

but the island found its fortune as a ...

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Nantucket, a Wampanoag word meaning "far-away island," was

first settled by Europeans in 1659. The earliest settlers, known as

the "Proprietors," envisioned a community of farmers and shepherds,

but the island found its fortune as a preeminent whaling port in the

late 18th and early 19th centuries. During its time under Quaker

influence, Nantucket was a cosmopolitan and dynamic place; radical

new ideas, like abolitionism and women's rights, found fertile ground

in the Quakers' firm belief in equality. As the entrance to the harbor

became impassible, Nantucket lost its whaling focus and experienced a

general economic decline. Ironically, this downturn and the resulting

absence of new building, along with modern cultural change, became

the springboard for its later revival. Nantucket was transformed into a

tourist destination, an artist colony, and a summer home to the wealthy

and famous, with a rich maritime heritage and a proud tradition of

historic preservation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738591551
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/14/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 429,200
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nantucket native James Everett Grieder has always had a deep interest in the island's history. His efforts with the Nantucket Historic District Commission have allowed him to put his passion to work protecting the historic fabric of this special place. Georgen Charnes is the manuscript and photograph archivist at the Nantucket Historical Association, and through her work she has contributed greatly to the preservation of Nantucket's long and storied history.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Thirty Pounds and Two Beaver Hats 11

2 A Bustling Community 27

3 Preservation through Decline 39

4 The Resort Renaissance 63

5 A Changing Community of Resilient Individuals 95

About the Nantucket Historical Society 125

Bibliography 126

Index 127

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