Sconset pump square, circa 1890.

Historic ’Sconset

Sconset pump square, circa 1890.

’Sconset Videos Courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association

Siasconset Historical Research Group (SHRG)

Did you know that in 2008, a small group of ’Sconseters and islanders interested in preserving and documenting ’Sconset history came together and is now functioning under the umbrella of the Nantucket Historical Association? The idea man behind the formation of this group is Paul Judy, local historian and inveterate researcher. In collaboration with the NHA, the Nantucket Preservation Trust (NPT) and the ’Sconset Trust, Paul has defined a plan for collecting and sharing historical information about properties, historical homes, personalities and community institutions.

The idea of an annual village assembly to learn about and celebrate interesting aspects of the village’s history is an outgrowth of the highly successful Nantucket Historical Association’s ’Sconset 02564 exhibition during the summer of 2008. Proceeds from the sale of the exhibition’s companion publication, ’Sconset: A History, are being set aside by the NHA to fund ongoing research on the community’s history. The Siasconset Historical Research Group (SHRG) has been organized under the auspices of the NHA to help plan and guide these further endeavors. The SHRG holds a public meeting each August, named ’Sconset History Night. All interested individual are invited to attend the meeting held at the ‘Sconset Casino to discuss the SHRG’s set of initiatives, to seek input from the community, and to enjoy a talk on an aspect of ‘Sconset history

2023: You’ve Got Mail! The History of the ‘Sconset Post Office

You’ve Got Mail! The History of the ‘Sconset Post Office is the featured presentation of the 14th Annual ‘Sconset History Night held at the ‘Sconset Casino.  This year, Hannah Judy shares a detailed history of the ‘Sconset Post Office, established in 1872.  Hannah, Jamie Gretz, Rob Benchley, postmasters past and present, and others share stories about the Post Office and the many postmasters who have served the ‘Sconset community over the past 150+. years.

2022: Codfish Park, Its Ebbs and Flows

At the 2022 ‘Sconset History Night held on August 9, the featured topic was Codfish Park, Its Ebbs and Flows. Bob Felch presented an historical overview of Codfish Park, Rick Blair provided memories and a virtual tour, and Rob Benchley shared family photos and discussed the storms that have decimated Codfish Park homes and have affected the ‘Sconset shoreline.

Paul Judy also launched an initiative in 2008 to work on house histories. Paul brought together a modern-day team including historian and writer Betsy Tyler, Michael May, executive director of  the NPT, and Bob Felch, director of the Siasconset Historical Research Group.

Thank you to Mary Warren Moffett and Rob Benchley for creating and providing the following presentation on Historic ’Sconset:


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