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Nantucket's North Shore



Nantucket native Frances Ruley Karttunen weaves together personal stories, historical vignettes, and ancient landmarks to create a rich tapestry of Nantucket’s oldest neighborhood—the North Shore. A neighborhood on the move, its old ways are studded with vestiges of settlement, trade, recreation and family life.

On every side, she points out history pushing up through the modern fabric of the twenty-first century. Beautifully illustrated with nearly 200 photographs from the archives of the Nantucket Historical Association and from local photographer Alan Reinhard, the book follows the settlement’s progress from Madaket in the west to the north side of the present Town of Nantucket. Along the way we meet vibrant North Shore people, and visit residences, roads, farms, landmarks, beaches and more.

Each chapter is interspersed with classic Nantucket recipes of yore, such as Blackberry Grunt, Indian Pudding, Sweet Flag Candy and Spiced Cranberries.

By Frances Ruley Karttunen

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.5 x 1 inches
  • Product Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Publisher: Spinner Publications (2014)

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