Walking Tours

Public Guided Tours

Nantucket Preservation Trust walking tours will run June 1 – October 8, 2021. Main Street depart Tuesdays at 3 PM from the NPT offices at 11 Centre Street. ‘Sconset tours are offered on Thursdays at 3 PM, departing from 1 New Street, ‘Sconset.

Tours are $10/per person.

Advance registration is required. Click here to sign up online, or  email info@nantucketpreservation.org to reserve.

We encourage tour participants to practice social distancing and wear a face covering if desired. Thank you for helping to keep Nantucket safe!

A Walk Down Main Street

This historic Main Street, 'Sconset cottage is one of many featured on the popular NPT 'Sconset Tour.
This historic Main Street, ‘Sconset cottage is one of many featured on the popular NPT ‘Sconset Tour.

NPT’s classic tour provides an overview of Nantucket in its heyday and focuses on the portion of Main Street between the Pacific National Bank and the Civil War Monument. Learn about the street’s development and the area’s early residents and architectural styles, as well as how the houses have come to symbolize the island’s whaling era. Participants in the 75 minute tour will receive a copy of the NPT’s highly acclaimed history, A Walk Down Main Street. Tours meet at 11 Centre Street. Click here to register online.

Note: There will be no tour on August 10th due to our 2021 August Fête.

‘Sconset Tour

Join NPT Executive Director Mary Bergman, who shares her knowledge of this unique fishing settlement at the eastern edge of the island. The 75 minute tour focuses on the early “whalehouses” as well as the village’s boom as a seaside resort and actors colony at the end of the 1800s. Tours meet at 1 New Street, ‘Sconset. Click here to register online.

Note: There will be no tour on July 29th due to the NPT Annual Meeting and no tour on August 12th due to our August Fête.

 *Private tours are available for a minimum of $250. Please call 508-228-1387 or email info@nantucketpreservation.org for more details.

Self-Guided Walking Tours


A walk from Main Street down Union Street is filled with historic houses. This short tour is adapted from the 2010 Summer Kitchens House Tour of the neighborhood. (Tour PDF)

Vestal Street and its notable residents

The small lane south of Main Street now named Vestal Street was known as Prison Lane in the late eighteenth century and included the Town Hall (once located at the corner of Milk & Main), jail (along Vestal) and poor house (once found at Quaker Lane). (Tour PDF)

“Master Mariners, Whaling Wives, and Tradesmen of the Whaling Era”

NPT’s house-marker program provides the passerby with information about past Nantucketers and their houses. Betsy Tyler, historian and local author, researched a handful of these houses from the Whaling Museum to the Civil War Monument, for a stroll of about an hour. (Tour PDF)

A Walk Down Broadway

A visit to Nantucket is not complete without a walk around ’Sconset’s historic core. We hope this brief review of some of ’Sconset’s earliest cottages will whet your appetite for exploring this extraordinary village. (Tour PDF)