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  • Nantucket Heritage Tour

  •  For my mind was made up to sail in no other than a Nantucket craft, because there was a fine, boisterous something about everything connected with that famous old island, which amazingly pleased me.

    — Herman Melville, Moby Dick

    Nantucket: “That Famous Old Island”
    Thursday, June 12 – Sunday, June 15, 2014


    Great Point Lighthouse Courtesy of Mass. Office of Travel and TourismThe island of Nantucket is a place of incomparable beauty and rich history. We will experience both as we explore Nantucket’s whaling heritage, cranberry harvests, handsome architecture, artistic traditions, and natural wonders. We will gain insight into Nantucket’s past as we tour the Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum and historic houses, the Nantucket Atheneum, and the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum. We will walk elegant Main Street and picturesque Siasconset, visit a working cranberry bog, and venture through a wildlife refuge to Great Point Lighthouse. Our accommodations at the historic Jared Coffin House will afford a comfortable retreat. We will dine at some of the island’s finest restaurants and enjoy two cocktail receptions hosted by friends of NEHGS.

    Our hotel
    The Jared Coffin House, an impressive brick mansion in the very heart of Nantucket town, was built in 1845 by one of the most successful ship owners on the island at the peak of the whaling industry. It was carefully restored in 1961 by the Nantucket Historical Trust. The traditionally and comfortably furnished hotel offers the best of Nantucket, past and present.

    Thursday, June 12
    We gather at NEHGS in Boston to board our charter bus for Hyannis, where a high-speed catamaran ferries us to Nantucket Harbor. On board we enjoy a box lunch from Basil Tree Gourmet and Natural Catering. Our first stop is a tour of the Nantucket Atheneum, built in 1847, with Executive Director Molly Anderson. Next is a walking tour of the handsome houses lining Main Street with Michael May, Executive Director of the Nantucket Preservation Trust, then a visit to the 1838 Friends Meeting House and an introduction to the Nantucket Historical Association Research Library. After checking into the Jared Coffin House, we will be welcomed at the home of an NEHGS Councilor for cocktails, followed by a delicious dinner and stunning views of Nantucket Sound at The Galley, one of the island’s finest restaurants. (L, R, D)

    Nantucket Atheneum Friday, June 13
    We begin our day with continental breakfast at the Jared Coffin House, and then go next door to the Whaling Museum for an in-depth tour with Betsy Tyler, Obed Macy Research Chair of the Nantucket Historical Association. Afterwards we have time for shopping and exploring in the lively waterfront area. Following lunch on our own, we head across the island to Siasconset for a walking tour of this picturesque oceanside village. At the Milestone Cranberry Bog, the largest natural cranberry bog in the world, maintained by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, we learn of the harvest that has continued for more than two centuries. Dinner this evening is at Le Languedoc, which has been serving classic French food on Nantucket for more than thirty years. (B, D)

    Saturday, June 14
    After a continental breakfast, we tour the Hadwen House, an imposing Greek Revival mansion built in 1845 by whaling merchant and silver retailer William Hadwen. Then, we walk to Greater Light, a summer home and art studio created in the 1930s by Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan, two Quaker sisters from Philadelphia. Greater Light illustrates a time in Nantucket’s history when the art colony thrived in the sleepy island community after the close of Nantucket’s whaling heyday. We go on to the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum to discover the origin of these famous baskets. After lunch on our own we travel to The Trustees of Reservations’ Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge for a specially-arranged exploration with Superintendent Steve Nicolle in four-wheel drive vehicles of this ruggedly beautiful coastal environment where deer, raptors, and shorebirds play among sand dunes, concluding—if the piping plovers permit—at Great Point Lighthouse. Our evening begins with a reception at the Artists Association of Nantucket, hosted by an NEHGS Trustee, and continues at a festive dinner at The Sea Grille, known for its fresh seafood. (B, R, D) 

    Jared Coffin House Courtesy of Mass. Office of Travel and TourismSunday, June 15
    We enjoy a late morning, a continental breakfast, and an optional walk with Don Friary to the 1834 First Congregational Church to see its extraordinary trompe l’oeil painting and the 1725 Old North Vestry. Then, a farewell brunch at the award-winning Boarding House restaurant before we return to Hyannis, and then on to Boston. (B, Br) 

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    About the Tour Leader
    Donald Friary has organized and guided historical tours in the United States, Canada, and Europe for more than thirty years. He is President of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Director Emeritus of Historic Deerfield, and an NEHGS Trustee. He holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and is a specialist in New England history and culture.
    Praise for Don’s past tours:
    “Peerless! Truly a gentleman and a scholar! I would go anywhere under his auspices.”
    “Don’s trips are always well-researched and focus on the culture and history of the areas you visit.”

    Spaces on the tour may be available. To inquire, please call 617-226-1226.

    Tour Information

    Payment Schedule:
    A deposit of $500 per person, along with a membership fee of $79.95 for non-members, is required to register for the tour. Balance of payment is due by April 1, 2014.

    Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations of confirmed reservations more than 30 days in advance of the tour are subject to a $50 per person administrative fee. Additionally, registrants are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including hotels used in this itinerary. Requests for cancellation must be made in writing. Those canceling within thirty (30) days of departure will be refunded all recoverable costs, less a $150 per person cancellation fee (including administrative fee). Refunds will not be made if cancellation is received after 12:00 noon EDT on Monday, June 2, 2014. No refunds will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. In the event that NEHGS cancels the tour, a full refund will be made.

    Insurance: Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised and may be obtained by individuals for coverage of expenses incurred by cancellations due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also available. We suggest that individuals contact The Travelers at 800-243-3174 to inquire about travel insurance. It is also available from other insurance carriers.

    Itinerary: The itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of NEHGS and its agents. The tour begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 and concludes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at NEHGS.

    Responsibility: NEHGS acts only as agent for tour participants with respect to transportation and hotels and exercises every care possible. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity in connection with the services of any motor coach or watercraft or automobile or any other conveyance used in carrying out this tour, or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour. We cannot accept responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to the delay or changes in transportation services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, acts of God, or other causes beyond our control. All such losses will have to be borne by the passenger, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, as may be deemed necessary for carrying out the tour. The right is reserved to substitute hotels and restaurants in similar categories. The right is reserved to cancel this tour prior to departure, in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. No refund will be made for any unused portion of this tour. By forwarding of deposit, the passenger certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other conditions of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other passengers. The right is reserved to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person as a member of this tour should such person's health, actions, or general deportment impede the operation of the tour or the rights or welfare or enjoyment of other passengers. Baggage is at the owner's risk entirely.

    $2,650 per person, double or single occupancy 
    $79.95 membership fee in the New England Historic Genealogical Society for non-members.
    Tour costs are based on a minimum group of 15, and are subject to revision, if necessary.

    What is included in the tour:
    Three nights at the Jared Coffin House, double or single occupancy with private bath.
    Baggage handling for up to 2 bags per person at said hostelry.
    Three continental breakfasts, one lunch, one brunch, two receptions, and three dinners as designated in the itinerary by (B, L, Br, R, D).
    Applicable taxes.
    Basic gratuities.
    Local guides.
    Museum admissions for all group visits as described in the brochure.
    Pre-departure information, including suggested reading list and travel advice.

    What is not included in the tour:
    Airfare or other transportation to and from Boston.
    Meals not specified in the itinerary.
    Trip cancellation insurance.
    Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks or mineral waters, a-la-carte orders, room service, valet/laundry charges.
    Other items not specifically mentioned in this brochure.
    This is a NON-SMOKING tour. Smoking will not be permitted on the bus.

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