"It is, as Melville wrote, 'a mere hillock, an elbow of sand', and yet ... it has one of the most beautiful main streets in America; as for the rest of the island, it took Melville a whole chapter of Moby Dick to describe it properly - its look, its meaning and its moods."

Paul Theroux

Jenny and I were privileged to spend a few days on Nantucket in 1996 while our daughter was working at the Harbor House Hotel and White Elephant Resort. It was her 21st Birthday while we were there and breakfast that day in the garden of the White Elephant, overlooking Children's Beach, Brandt Point and the harbour under a beautiful blue sky is a treasured memory. These are just a few of the photographs we took while we were there.
The island is a truly beautiful place, steeped in history, being the birthplace of deep-sea whaling. The ships got bigger and bigger, beyond the size that the harbours could accommodate, so whaling ended suddenly for Nantucket and the island declined rapidly as there was no other work. This meant that the island became frozen in time for many years, with few 'modern' developments. It is a tribute to the islanders that the first historical society set up to protect the character of the islands was formed very nearly 100 years ago.

The result is not a holiday island full of museums and gift shops, but a real, living, place with real, living people.

Accommodation, shopping, eating out, activities and transport

There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket
But his daughter, named Nan
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

The above Limerick was discovered in 1924, and new verses have been added ever since. Can you come up with a new one?

Nantucket still camera in Main Street updated every 20 secs.