Nantucket, MA Overview
Nantucket was formed by the uttermost reach of the Laurentide Ice Sheet during the recent Wisconsin Glaciation, shaped by the subsequent rise in sea level. The low ridge across the northern section of the island was deposited as glacial moraine during a period of glacial standstill, a period during which till continued to arrive and was deposited as the glacier melted at a stationary front. The southern part of the island is an outwash plain, sloping away from the arc of the moraine and shaped at its margins by the sorting actions and transport of longshore drift. Nantucket became an island when rising sea levels re-flooded Buzzards Bay about 5,000–6,000 years ago.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nantucket County has a total area of 303.5 square miles (786 km), 84.25% of which is water. It is the smallest county in Massachusetts. The area of Nantucket Island proper is 47.8 square miles (124 km). The triangular region of ocean between Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod is Nantucket Sound. The highest point on the island is Folger Hill, which stands 109 feet (33 m) above sea level.
The entire island, as well as the adjoining islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, comprise both the Town of Nantucket and the County of Nantucket. The main settlement, also called Nantucket, is located at the western end of Nantucket Harbor, where it opens into Nantucket Sound. Key localities on the island include Madaket, Surfside, Polpis, Wauwinet, Miacomet, and Siasconset (pronounced “Sconset”).
Detailed Map of Nantucket, MA
According to the Köppen climate classification system, Nantucket features a climate that borders between a humid continental climate and an oceanic climate , the latter a climate type rarely found on the east coast of North America.
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The Nantucket Whaling Museum is a museum located in Nantucket, Massachusetts, dedicated to the history of whaling. It is run by the Nantucket Historical Association. The museum houses a large collection of whaling artifacts and memorabilia, including longboats, harpoons, and scrimshaw, but the centerpiece is the complete skeleton of a 46-foot (14 meter) bull Sperm whale suspended from the ceiling.
Nantucket Atheneum is Nantuckets public library housed in historic 1847 building and part of CLAMS network of Cape Cod libraries offering over 1.4 million books, CDs and DVDs and programs for all ages.
Great Point Light, officially, Nantucket Light is a lighthouse located on the northernmost point of Nantucket Island. First built in 1784, the original wooden tower was destroyed by fire in 1816. The following year a stone tower was erected which stood until toppled in a storm in March 1984.
The Sankaty Head Light is a lighthouse located on Nantucket island. It was built in 1850, was automated in 1965, and is still in operation. It is located at the easternmost point of the island, in the village of Siasconset. It was one of the first lighthouses in the United States to receive a Fresnel lens.
The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum of Nantucket, Massachusetts is a small, seasonal, non-profit museum dedicated to the history of shipwrecks off the Nantucket coast and in Nantucket Sound. The Lifesaving Museum is operated by the Egan Maritime Institute.
Brant Point Light is a lighthouse located on Nantucket Island. The station was established in 1746, automated in 1965, and is still in operation. The current tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 28, 1987; it has the distinction of being the tenth light on the point, in addition to several range lights.
Wauwinet is a village in Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States. Its elevation is 3 feet (1 m). Named for an old local Indian chief, it lies on the northeastern coast of Nantucket Island, 4.7 miles (7.5 km) north-northwest of Siasconset. There is an upscale hotel and restaurant just north of the Gatehouse that features both harbor and oceanfront beach activities.
The First Congregational Church in Woburn is an historic Congregational church at 322 Main Street in Woburn, Massachusetts. The congregation, established in 1642, is one of the oldest in the United States, and its church building (the sixth for the congregation) is a local landmark.
The Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve on Nantucket Island and is managed by the Trustees of Reservations. It encompasses miles of beaches, the largest red cedar woodland in New England and Great Point Light.
The museum is located at 49 Union Street in Nantucket, Massachusetts. It was founded shortly after the Nantucket Historical Association by David H. Wood. It is concerned with preserving and exploring artifacts from the whaling era and before, even as far back as the Native American settlements on Nantucket before the 15th century.
Sankaty Head Golf Club is one of the Eastern-most golf courses in Massachusetts, perched on the edge of Nantucket Island in Siasconset, Massachusetts. The course was designed by Emerson Armstrong and opened in 1923. It is one of the few examples of world-class links-style golf outside of the UK (see Shinnecock Hills).
Since the acquisition in 2007, hundreds of donors from both on and off the island have contributed over $22M towards the nearly $30M target for this project. At this time, groundbreaking on the new Dreamland Theater is set for the Fall of 2010 with its re-opening planned for the Summer of 2011.
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Visit Massachusetts: Nantucket Island Tourism
For more information on Nantucket Island, please visit http://www.massvacation.com/regions-towns/cape-cod-the-islands/nantucket ---------- Nantucket Island offers beautiful scenic views, a quaint downtown with exquisite boutique shopping, and a wide variety of dining options. Stay a while in a beautiful Nantucket hotel.
Nantucket, Massachusetts Trip 2013
Our trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts Trip in 2013 I do not own the rights to the following song: Radioactive by: Imagine Dragons
Walking Down Main St in Nantucket, Massachusetts
Walking Down Main St in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Sunday, Sept 16, 2012
7 Village Way, Pocomo, Nantucket, MA
As dawn rises and dusk settles over the inner harbor, relax and savor the ever-changing colors of Coatue, the Head of the Harbor, and beyond. Enjoy peaceful ...
Nantucket, Massachusetts - Edventure #3
Labor Day weekend 2009 - I traveled to Nantucket Island for the first time and loved it. My upcoming photos will detail many of the exact places and sights I visited but this video gives an alternative, fun perspective. It includes shots of downtown, west/east/south beaches, whaling museum, life saving museum, hostel, and the Polpis bike trail.
9 Lincoln Avenue, Nantucket, MA
This iconic American summer home sits atop Cobblestone Hill, in the sought-after Lincoln Circle area, with lawn and grounds descending to Jefferson Avenue in Brant Point. Expansive 180 degree views over the Harbor, Jetties and Nantucket Sound live up to the name of this one-of-a-kind estate property: Point of View.
Beaches in Nantucket MA
A great variety of nice, clean beaches in Nantucket MA; beaches are always enjoyable on Nantucket MA, even if it is cold! You can enjoy sunsets, sun rays and waves produced by the Atlantic Ocean,
Around the island of Nantucket
Scenes from Great Point Beach, Nantucket, MA
Seals, seagulls, lighthouse, beautiful sand and surf are found on a day trip to Great Point Beach in Nantucket, MA
Milestone Road Nantucket MA
This road is the only state highway on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts (at least according to the MassDOT Road Inventory Map). It begins at the Coffin Rotary and goes east for about 6.5 miles to Siasconset Village. Most of Milestone Road and the adjacent bike path were resurfaced a few years ago using ARRA funds.