Our time with Ben and Kristie went all too fast. The next morning, at 7 a.m., we boarded Dalí once again to take them to land to board the return ferry to the mainland. Cindy and I considered leaving Nantucket that morning, but due to wind direction and strength, we decided to stay in Nantucket for one more day. So, around 10 a.m., we returned to shore and made our way to the Whaling Museum once again to join a couple of walking tours on the island. The first (which I joined alone while Cindy sat in the library using wifi) was a general tour of the history of Downtown Nantucket. We walked through the historic district, and entered the Hadwen House, a Greek Revival mansion built in 1845 by whaling merchant, William Hadwen. This was the most ostentatious private dwelling these moderate, respectable Quakers had ever seen. We also entered the old Quaker Meeting House, dating from 1838. In 1701, Mary Coffin Starbuck became interested in Quakerism, and it gradually became the dominant religion of the island and the whaling community. Now, the number of Quakers on Nantucket can be counted on one hand.
Luggage and passengers aboard Dalí ready to be ferried to the ferry.
Pacific National Bank, the other downtown Nantucket that didn’t burn down in the fire of 1846. Gave loans to whalers, still giving loans today.
William Rotch’s three ships were the Dartmouth, Beaver, and Bedford. The first two were among the three ships raided at the Boston Tea Party. The Bedford was the first vessel to enter British waters flying the American flag in 1783.
William Rotch’s Counting House, one of two buildings downtown that were not destroyed in the 1846 fire. He was a wealthy shipowner and devout Nantucket Quaker.
The Atheneum, Nantucket’s public library built in the 1820s and destroyed in the 1846 fire. It was the first building rebuilt after the fire. It was the site of Frederick Douglass’s first full anti-slavery address.
Who knew? The Red Star which is the Macy’s symbol is said to have been chosen by Macy on a whaling expedition. While on a difficult watch he kept his eyes glued to the North Star (which appeared red to him that night).
Interior of the Hedwen house, Nantucket had never seen anything so ostentatious. No good Quaker would be so showy.
The “Three Bricks” across the street from the Hedwen House, occupied by the three Starbuck brothers, brothers-in-law to Hedwen
We had lunch in this last-remaining railcar from the Nantucket railroad which transported tourists to the resorts after the whaling industry declined.
Lunch in The Club Car
Cindy joined me on the second tour which was a special In the Heart of the Sea walking tour, which explored the world of the Essex and its nantucket crew. Among other places, we visited the home of First-mate Owen Chase and the dwelling place of Captain Pollard.
Nice Shelby parked on the cobblestone streets of Nantucket
Another beauty on the streets of Nantucket.
The Unitarian Universalist Church – what once was a large Quaker Meeting House.
Interior of the Old Quaker Meeting House. Notice how plain with no Christian symbols.
The home of the Essex First Mate, Owen Chase. His written recollection of his experiences aboard the Essex served to inspire Melville to write Moby Dick.
The tour group walking down Fair Street.
Captain Pollard’s House
Our excellent tour guide speaks with the group before Pollard’s house.
Many of the houses on Fair Street contain small placards with the historical inhabitants of the home.
I loved Nantucket and living and walking among the Nantucketers for a few days. Our time there was full of fun and exploration. Unforgettable.
Nantucket Sunset after a busy day.