Island History

Nat Philbrick is our most famous historian, and we're thrilled that he is hard at work on another book. But don't stop with him! There are a plethora of other worthy titles here to peruse.

Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 Cover Image
By Nathaniel Philbrick, Diane Swartz (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780963891013
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mill Hill Press - December 1st, 1993

Tom Never's Ghost: An Eyewitness Account of the Past 350 Years on Nantucket Island and in Its Little Known Southeast Quarter. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780977805617
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quatrefoil, Inc. - May 1st, 2008

Almost everyone who has visited Nantucket can recite its official history. But very few know the real reasons why things turned out as they did. Why the British first came to Nantucket and why the Indians let them in. Why Nantucket eclipsed all other ports in whaling wealth and why its fortunes ultimately fell. How the tiny hamlet of 'Sconset saved Nantucket from becoming a near ghost town.









by Paula Lundy Levy

A 200-year history chronicling whaling captains, mariners lost at sea, merchants, writers, artists, educators, Civil War veterans, and more.

Years of research have gone into this beautiful coffee-table sized book with full-color illustrations documenting the storied residents of Prospect Hill Cemetery on Nantucket.


by Frances Ruley Karttunen

 A wonderful walking guide to take the reader on a storied path through historic Nantucket town.

Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legacy of Nantucket Island Cover Image
ISBN: 9780963891082
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mill Hill Press - April 1st, 1998