New Walking Tour App Debuts!

The Nantucket Preservation Trust now makes it possible for you to explore the rich history and architectural heritage of one of the most celebrated streets in America – at your own pace!

“A Walk Down Main Street” self-guiding walking tour app is now available for use on any Apple iOS device.  This tour highlights the histories and architecture of 30 houses between the Pacific National Bank and the Soldiers & Sailors Monument and reveals the story of Nantucket’s whaling prosperity, decline and rebirth.

To Download App:
Go to the Apple App Store and download Locacious (free).  Locacious will ask to use your current location and a map will be displayed, showing where you are.  Look under the tabs marked “featured” or “new” for the three chapters listed below.  Tap the tour name and follow the directions from the screen.

Tour Chapters Include:
Nantucket: A Walk Down Main Street
Nantucket: Main Street Chapter 2
Nantucket: Main Street Chapter 3

Your feedback is valuable to us!  Please email your suggestions and in return, receive a free copy of the book “A Walk Down Main Street” (include your mailing address for book).

NPT Receives Garden Club of America Award

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012  the Nantucket Preservation Trust was honored at the Nantucket Garden Club’s Annual Meeting with a Garden Club of America Award for its “significant contribution to historic preservation” and for its “leadership and dedication to protect and preserve Nantucket’s historic architecture and landscapes through educational programs, apprenticeships, scholarships, research, house histories, and preservation easements.”  We are truly honored to receive this award and also salute the Nantucket Garden Club for its many years of work to educate about the island’s  natural and man-made landscape as well as its tremendous outreach to the Nantucket community.   

Main Street, ‘Sconset book – now for sale!

This summer NPT published a new neighborhood book entitled Main Street, ’Sconset: The Houses and Their Histories, written by Betsy Tyler with contributions by Michael May.  The book filled with nearly 100 photographs, including historic images of the houses and the early owners as well as 19th century maps of the village,  highlights the  development of and architecture along this  main road into the village  The 96 page book is available for $30 (inc S&H).  Click here to buy online.

Thank You from our Executive Director

This year the Nantucket Preservation Trust is celebrating its 15th anniversary as the leading advocate for the preservation and protection of Nantucket’s architectural heritage. Over the years we have strived to develop programs that explore the architecture and history of the island’s buildings, and that increase awareness of the importance and fragility of these resources.

NPT’s growth and success are the direct result of our many supporters including; the 100-plus volunteers who selflessly devote their time and talents; property owners who graciously open their homes for our events; individuals and businesses who participated in our marketplace,  auctions and publications; corporate sponsors of NPT events; our non-profit partners; the dedicated membership; and the 1,000-plus attendees to this year’s summer programs.

We are deeply indebted to all of you and especially those who assisted us with this year’s activities and programs. Each of you, in your own way, is helping to protect the island’s unique collection of historic buildings and special places. Thank you so much for your service and commitment to Nantucket’s incredible architectural heritage.

Michael May
Executive Director

Annual Meeting with Guest Lecture

Annual Meeting to be held Friday, July 27th at 11am.  Meeting will be at the First Congregational Church, Old North Vestry at 62 Centre Street.

Guest Lecture: Marty Hylton
Co-director of the Preservation Institute: Nantucket

Marty will  discuss the exciting 3D laser technology for documenting historic Nantucket. This technology offer opportunities to document historic buildings and places more rapidly and accurately. Through a cooperative agreement with Lund University in Sweden, PI:N and the University of Florida has explored the use of 3D laser technology as a tool for capturing the physical attributes and conditions of heritage sites.  As demonstrated by Lund University and others, this type of documentation has proven invaluable in quickly creating a historic record, diagnosing problems, and developing interventions, solutions, and plans for preserving historic structures and sites.

Lecture begins approx. 11:30, is free and open to the public

Embroidered Narrative on Auction

Susan Boardman
Embroidered Narrative

Sisasconset Union Chapel 2012

This original, hand made piece will be auctioned live by Rafael Osana at the
Nantucket Preservation Trust’s
2012 August Fete, Aug 9th at 8:15 pm.
22 Main Street
, Siasconset

The NPT is ever grateful to Susan for donating such an extraordinary piece that is sure to raise much needed funds for our organization. Tickets to the Fete are available by calling the office at (508) 228-1387.  For more info, click HERE

“Through the medium of embroidered narratives I honor the lives of Nantucket women, as well as the island’s architecture and events. The embroideries tell stories, humble or grand, historic or contemporary, which contribute to the rich fabric of Nantucket life….I use dye painting, hand embroidery, handmade needle lace, applique, beadwork, gold leaf, carving, and quilting. In creating each unique piece I encourage the observer to stop, focus, and become involved in the intricate details”

– Susan Boardman

Martins Lane – Latest Update

Though there is widespread community support to continue the fight to save Martins Lane, the Nantucket Board of Selectmen voted before last night’s meeting not to appeal the recent Superior Court ruling, thereby making the installation of a driveway on the historic byway one step closer.

The decision by the majority of the Board of Selectmen to abandon the fight to protect Martins Lane is disappointing in several ways.

More than 790 people signed an NPT petition asking the BOS to appeal the Superior Court’s flawed and unfortunate ruling, but the board refused to allow any discussion or public comment on the matter. The board majority also prevented individual selectmen from stating how they voted, or explaining their position to the public.

Unique historic resources like Martins Lane are too important to give up on. Nantucket loses a piece of its soul every time we allow something that makes this island special to be destroyed for personal gain.

We believe the Historic District Commission’s role is to serve as the public guardian of the history and sense of place that separates Nantucket from the rest, and we believe their decision in this matter was the correct one.

We thank the HDC for its often thankless work, and we urge our selectmen to join us to help protect Nantucket’s irreplaceable history and to find a preservation-minded solution to this important matter.

Rest assured, the NPT will continue its efforts to protect Martins Lane, and we know we can count on you to help.

SAVE MARTINS LANE – Online Petition

In May the Superior Court overturned the Nantucket Board of Selectmen’s affirmation of the Historic District Commission’s decision to protect historic Martins Lane, and without an appeal this charming one-block street in the heart of Nantucket’s historic core will be changed forever. Martins Lane is a destination and landmark in itself and we believe its historic elements and the street setting in general are features that help make the island special and are worth protecting for today and future generations.


May is Preservation Month

Citizens in Nantucket, MA will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May. “Celebrating America’s Treasures” is the theme of the month-long celebration sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, in 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement

Here in Nantucket, Preservation Month 2011 will be celebrated with a variety of events and lectures hosted by several different organizations.  For more details on upcoming Preservation Events, please click here.

NPT Benefit Day

The Nantucket Preservation Trust has been chosen as a beneficiary of Nantucket Bookworks “Love Month.”  Each day in the month of February, Bookworks will donate 10% of their total proceeds to a local non-profit.  Bookworks is an independently owned bookstore that carries a wide variety of books, cards, gifts, toys and children’s items.  This is the perfect time to shop for a Valentine’s gift.

February 9th is NPT’s benefit day – please visit Bookworks on this date and help support two worthy groups, working year round on the island.  10% can make a big difference to a small organization such as ours.  We thank Bookworks for their generosity and thank our supporters for shopping local!

Click here for Bookworks website