11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Year Listed: 2000
This small island, about 30 miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod, has a year-round population of about 9,000 people, and a summer population of more than 50,000. The American whaling industry originated in the 17th century on Nantucket, which is now the finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th and early 19th century New England seaport town. Its late 19th and early 20th century resort-era architecture is exceptional, and its significant historic resources exist in a setting that remains unchanged. The island is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.