Living on the NW Corner of the West Coast I do not meet many people with whom I can share my love of Nantucket Island which is so well known and loved by East Coast people. The magical island of Nantucket, 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is the site of many happy memories, not only for me but for other members of my family and friends. I first visited the island when I was 10 years old. One of my older sisters had a summer job there as a waitress. That was the first of many memorable visits. Both of my older sisters met their future husband there. A family friend had a large house in Siasconset in a more remote part of the island – my mother and I were house guests for a few weeks during several summers. The family of a college friend rented a house in Wauwinet for many years. College friends were invited to join them. Summer in Nantucket – magical.
Visits to the Island have been infrequent in subsequent years but I continue to read about Nantucket and its fascinating history. I’m particularly intrigued by its whaling history.
I have learned a lot from the writings of Nathaniel Philbrick. And I have read Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick twice. Several prominent names in Nantucket’s history are Macy, Starbuck, and Coffin. I am thrilled that I have found a number of ancestors named Coffin – and they resided on Nantucket! More information will be forthcoming in due course.