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Nantucket Antiques Show and Fun Facts!

Nantucket Antiques Show and Fun Facts!


The Antiques Council is has had the honor of managing antique shows on Nantucket for 26 years. They are proud to present the second annual Nantucket Summer Antiques Show this week! And it is our pleasure to be participating for the first time!

“There has always been a very strong market on the island for fine quality antiques. With this new show our exhibitors will be able to continue bringing their best examples to their best clients.This show will encompass the rich history of Nantucket with a focus on the needs and interests of the islands homeowners and visitors today.” – Marty Shapiro, President of the Antiques Council.

Here are some interesting facts on the popular getaway that is Nantucket!

  • The island was sighted in 1602 by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold of Fairmouth, England. Oddly enough, he never actually set foot on Nantucket, it is because of his shiploads that he is noted for its discovery.
  • A historical account by Nathaniel Parker Willis states that Nantucket was originally purchased by Thomas Mathew for a sum of “thirty pounds and two beaver hats” – one for him and of course one for his wife!
  • Nantucket is a town, a county, and an island! IT is located approximately 26 miles from Cape Cod, MA.
  • The island comes in at just under 50 square miles with…. 82 MILES OF BEACH!
  • As larger as Nantucket is, nearly half of the land is preserved as open space. This is really due to the valiant effort by the Nantucket Islands Land Bank, Nantucket Conservation Foundation, The Nantucket Land Council, The Massachusetts Auborn Society, and the ‘Sconset Trust.
  • Brant Point Lighthouse, built in 1746, was blown down in 1774, burned and was rebuilt in 1782, burned and was rebuilt again in 1783, and was destroyed in a storm in 1788 and rebuilt.
  • The novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville was based on a true-life event that occurred in 1820 to the Nantucket whaleship Essex and her crew.
  • There are over 700 shipwrecks surrounding Nantucket! From private ships to whaling vessels.
  • Nantucket is well known for the part it played in the history of the Whaling Industry. The first expedition was undertaken by some of the original purchasers in the early 1670s. This lead to the creation of a wrought iron harpoon, the success of this tool generated a new interest in whaling as an occupation.
  • In 1966, The National Park Service designated Nantucket as a National Historic Landmark District, calling it the “finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th- and early 19th-century New England seaport town.” Today the island is a favored destination for its pristine beaches and boating activities; for its historic town, villages, and museums; for its cultural activities; and for its multitude of restaurants and inns.
  • In 1977, Nantucket attempted to secede from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the attempt failed.

See more at: http://nantucket.net/about-nantucket/history.php

Be sure to stop by the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club and check out the show August 11-14th! We will see you there!