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Nantucket, from Brant Point, 1895

Settled: 1641
Incorporated: 1671

Nantucket is an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the United States. Together with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, it constitutes the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts and the coextensive Nantucket County, which cover all three islands. The region of Surfside on Nantucket is the southernmost settlement in Massachusetts.

Nantucket is a tourist destination and summer colony. The population of the island soars from approximately 10,000 to 50,000 during the summer months, due to tourists and summer residents. It has some of the highest property values in Massachusetts.

The National Park Service has designated the entire island as a National Historic District, paying particular note to the settlements of Nantucket and Siasconset. The island features one of the highest concentration of pre-Civil War structures in the United States.

Nantucket was part of Dukes County, New York until 1691, when it was transferred to the newly formed Province of Massachusetts Bay and split off to form Nantucket County. The entire area of the New York county had been purchased by Thomas Mayhew Sr. of Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1641, buying out competing land claims. The earliest English settlement began on Martha's Vineyard.

Nantucket was formerly the world's leading whaling port

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Sankaty Head lighthouse at the eastern end of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts ca. November 2000

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Website Updates

Apr 22, 2014: Marriage Notices

Apr 22, 2014: Landowners

Apr 22, 2014: History of Nantucket

Apr 20, 2014: 1850-1914 Marriages

Mar 14, 2014: Obit of Mary Folger

Mar 11, 2014: WWII casualties

Mar 8, 2014: WWII enlistments

Jan 4, 2014: Tristram Coffin family

Jan 4, 2014: Nantucket births

Jan 1, 2014: Many new obits

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