Preservation Updates

New ’Sconset Trust Publication: Building with ’Sconset in Mind

We are delighted to announce the publication of Building With ’Sconset in Mind, by Michael May. This landmark publication provides building recommendations that apply specifically to ’Sconset and its individual neighborhoods, supplementing the Historic District Commission’s Building with Nantucket in Mind, published in 1978 and updated in 1995. We thank the numerous individuals and organizations who contributed to the content. This book has been shared with various governmental and nonprofit groups and is available for download on this website. Printed copies are available at the ’Sconset Trust office thanks to the generous underwriting of Art and Diane Kelly.

’Sconset Trust Purchases 6 Elbow Lane, the Captain Valentine Aldrich House

Small shingled cottage with large bushes

In an effort to preserve the commercial ’Sconset core, which is central to our village way of life, and facilitated by significant financial support from a number of ’Sconset families, the Trust was able to purchase this strategically situated property. Located behind the ’Sconset Market, its purchase provides desperately needed rental housing for the village workforce, as well as securing a key historical property in the heart of Siasconset.

Gully Road Update

View of trees in the midground and the ocean in the background.

Remediation of the damage to trees on the property is underway by Wilkinson Designs pursuant to a plan developed in conjunction with the Conservation Commission, and the Land Bank

‘Sconset Trust Purchases the Sconset Market

On January 26, 2024, the Trust purchased the ’Sconset Market, a beloved staple of our village, from Mark Donato who had owned the property and been a fixture in the Market for forty years. Mark and the Trust Board share the view that the Market is a critical village asset that is best protected and managed by the Trust. The Trust thanks Mark for his vision, for his commitment to the community, and for working with the Board to develop a transition plan. The Trust would also like to thank Rolf and Cindy Nelson, who played an important role in the Trust’s acquisition and continue to be thoughtful stewards of this historic property and the ’Sconset community. The Trust “will be a mission-driven landlord to ensure that the Market remains a key resource for the village into the future.”

Magnolia Stairs Reopened

After about a year since we announced the collaboration between the Nantucket Land Bank and the Trust to rebuild the stairs to the beach across from Magnolia Avenue, we are happy to report that the Magnolia Stairs are now open and ready to provide safe beach access well in advance of summer.


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