In the early 1990s, the Trust leadership determined that historic preservation initiatives in ’Sconset were closely aligned with the Trust’s original mission of conserving open land. In part, the community decision to embrace the rescue and preservation of Sankaty Head Lighthouse led to the formal expansion of the Trust’s mission to include preservation of structures of historical and/or architectural significance in and around the Village of Siasconset. The Trust has worked closely with the Nantucket Preservation Trust to establish a program of preservation education with an emphasis on encouraging owners of historic homes and other publicly used structures in ’Sconset to pursue preservation easements.
The Trust currently holds two historic preservation easements: Atlantic House on Main Street and the Siasconset Union Chapel on New Street. By creating a preservation easement, a property owner can protect the property’s historic character for future generations. A preservation easement is the best tool to ensure the long-term integrity of a building, as well as its place in the community. Often easements can also assure that a large property will not be subdivided and increase the density of dwellings and other structures.