Old North Wharf in Nantucket
Nantucket was idyllic to say the least! I am still dreaming of hydrangea rows and rose covered cottages. I will share some more posts with you very soon—I promise! For today, here’s just a small glimpse at our time on the Grey Lady.
These were taken along the Old North Wharf late in the afternoon. You’ll spy this collection of gray-shingled cottages with blue dutch doors right across from where the ferry docks. It’s worth taking a stroll down the lane to see them up close. Hydrangeas and roses are in abundance come July and each little cottage has so much detail that you’ll want to stop and stare. Some doors are even open so you can see inside.
Here’s a little history…
Old North Wharf was originally built in 1770, but all the original structures were destroyed in a fire. By the 1870’s, the area became bustling with fishing and sailing again. At that time, the wharf was full of boat builder workshops, fish shanties, and warehouses. By the early 20th century, many of the structures were converted into artists’ studios and what they call “picnic houses”. A lot of the cottages are named after whaling ships like the Nautilus. Today, it is a charming and coveted lane to vacation on.