The Streets of Downtown Nantucket

Downtown Nantucket is the hub of activity for the island. Restaurants, shops, museums, and tidy, old homes line the streets. It's always nice to get away to one of the beaches or smaller villages, like 'Sconset, while on the island, but downtown offers a true taste of this once bustling whaling town. There's always something to do or indulge in there.

Like most of the island, flowers feature prominently on the streets of downtown. They drape over fences and arbors and fill window boxes with bright color. Their vibrancy boosts the already energetic flow to the summer streets.

The shingle homes, so iconic to the island, and 19th century clapboards of downtown Nantucket ornament each street in perfectly lined, meticulous architecture.

And no visit to downtown Nantucket would be complete without admiring the famous cobblestone streets. The main street was first paved with cobblestones in 1837, and there is some debate as to their origin. The main theory spouted is that they were brought over as ballast on ships coming home from Europe. It is also said they were purchased from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Whatever their provenance, they add to the unique, historic character of downtown.

Murray's is a must-stop while shopping along the cobblestones

As a descendent of the Coffin and Starbuck families, the founders and whalers of Nantucket, walking through the streets of downtown brings into focus the legacy of the whaling days. Their echo is felt in the cobblestones and commerce, in the taste of oysters and rum, and in all of activity that is downtown Nantucket.

A view from above of the streets and harbor of downtown Nantucket


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    All this, and hardly any comments. -head desk- I simply can not understand the lack of comments, in Blog Land. -sigh-

    But obviously, this issue doesn't bother you. You keep right on, doing your amazing posts. Putting them out, on the World Wide Net. For all to enjoy. Even though so few, bother to leave a comment.

    Thank you for allowing me, my mini rant.

    Thank you for giving us, this marvelous blog.

    Gentle hugs,

    1. Thanks so much! Such kind words. Yes, I find comments are much less a thing on blogs, but oh well. It seems most people who follow me choose to comment on my instagram instead. This social media stuff is always shifting. So hard to keep up! xx