The Nantucket Historical Association is a true treasure of Nantucket!  There are a myriad of programs throughout the year to please, inform and entertain Island visitors, summer residents and year-round residents. From special exhibits to live theatre and musical concerts under the whale skeleton in Gosnell Hall to the Nantucket History Quiz Bowl in February, the NHA is the steward of Nantucket’s history and community.

Guided walking tours of Nantucket are a real treat in September.  The Historic House walking tour is a real treat – it offers a guided tour through downtown and Upper Main Street that focuses on the changing culture and architecture on Nantucket. On the tour, you will enter two Nantucket homes that are very different – and glimpse into the lives of the families that occupied them and their place in Nantucket’s history.


A beautiful white period home with white columns in the front

Hadwen House

The first house visited is the Hadwen House, an elegant 1845 Greek Revival home representing the most prosperous period in Nantucket’s past – the golden years of whaling.  The fully furnished rooms on display at the Hadwen House gives one a real sense of the posh life on Nantucket during the whaling era, when Nantucket was one of the wealthiest communities in the country!

The tour will also visit the Greater Light, which was originally built as a livestock barn in 1790 and remodeled into a summer home in 1929-1933, this house represents Nantucket’s art colony and resort era.

The Greater Light

The Historic House walking tour departs from the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.   Each tour lasts approximately eighty minutes and is offered rain or shine and the ticket price is $10 adults and $8 for seniors and students and groups of 20 or more.