Hitting the road to Nantucket!

Masako has wanted to visit Nantucket Island because she has an interest in Nantucket Lightship Baskets. Our friends, Irene and Roger who live in New Hartford, Connecticut  were kind enough to suggest going there to spend some time together!

It takes almost a whole day to get to Nantucket. A four hour car drive from New Hartford to the ferry dock at Hyannis, Cape Cod and an hour ferry ride brought us to the island. 


We are all set, Roger!

Roger wearing double glasses  ... cool!

Hyannis, Cape Cod harbor.

Summer is the best time of year to visit Nantucket and the end of October was definitely the very end of the season. But the town was so beautiful with the fall colored leaves and the pumpkin decorations.
Many of the houses were build in a particular style called "Saltbox".

It was right before Halloween so there were many pumpkins decorating the shops and homes in the village.

It is the custom on Nantucket to name your home and everybody calls it by the name. Do you see the signboard over the front door?

The Bed and Breakfast Inn that we stayed in was next door to this lovely old church which is another historic site on the island.  And the Bed and Breakfast was called "Anchor Inn".

One morning we joined a tour taking us to must see sites on the island. 

The Jethro Coffin House, known as the 
"Oldest House", was built as a wedding gift for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner in 1686.  It was abandoned by a later owner during the Civil War years.  The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) acquired the property in 1923.  In 1987 the house was struck by lightning and nearly cut in half.  It was carefully restored and is the sole surviving structure from the island's original 17th century English settlement.

Masako in front of Sankaty lighthouse which is located on the eastern shore of Nantucket.
As the tour was about to end, the sky looked gray and gloomy and it began raining. Masako looks chilly! 

We had been looking forward to visiting the Nantucket Basket Museum but it was not to be.  The Basket Museum had closed for the season two weeks before our visit.  Needless to say, we were disappointed.  But at least we can enjoy its website, here !


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it looks like you had a wonderful time. we didn't get to talk much in Houston but I recently took a basketry workshop from Julia Parker in Yosemite. She is 85. and a a Paiute Mono Miwok Indian who has been making traditional baskets most of her life.
There was a wonderful basket exhibit there as well.
xo glennis