Exploring Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Massachusetts
Nantucket’s Wampanoag Indian name means ‘faraway land’, and Nantucket seems just that. It’s only 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, but the 49-square-mile island floats in its own insular world of time and space. Some 10,000 year-round residents accommodate more than five times that many visitors each summer, yet the island retains an unspoiled atmosphere.
Stringent zoning laws help maintain the traditional New England appearance of the ‘Little Gray Lady of the Sea’—so named because of the colour of its cedar-shingled houses muted by exposure to the sea air. Picture-postcard Nantucket is one of the country’s finest protected historic districts, with more than 800 Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival houses and Quaker sea captains’ homes, constructed between 1740 and 1840.
Nantucket was once the whaling capital of the world, and the small but interesting Whaling Museum preserves Nantucket’s eminence in the ‘blubber boiling’ industry.