Nantucket Island “The Faraway Land” as translated from the language of the native Wampanoag tribe is located 30 miles off the south coast of Cape Cod. In 1602, an Englishman named Bartholomew Gosnold first sighted the Island and then it was settled in 1659. In the late 1600s whales were found off shore and between 1750 and 1840, the Island was one of the major whaling ports in North America.With the decline of the whaling industry in the 1880s, Nantucket became a Mecca for the tourism industry. The island is 14 miles in length and 3 1/2 miles wide. It is a beautiful oasis of over 40% conservation land with plentiful beaches accessible to the public.

Community Resources


Nantucket Food, Fuel and Rental Assistance

Boys & Girls Club

Council on Aging

Emergency Services Provider

Fire Department

Food Assistance Programs

Health Department

Human Services

Nantucket Community Television

Non-Profit Mental Health Providers

Police Department

Resources for People with Disabilities


Veteran Services

Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Cape Cod & The Islands

Nantucket Cottage Hospital