Nantucket Historical Commission


The Nantucket Historical Commission serves the public by protecting the National Historic Landmark of Nantucket. Nantucket’s important historic resources include structures as well as their setting and context, the American and Native American artifacts, and the island’s special visual quality, as expressed in the natural and built environment.

The NHC advises the Select Board on matters of preservation, and works with Nantucket’s Preservation Planner, Planning Director, and other municipal agencies. It creates plans and guidelines for historic preservation, directs surveys of buildings and lands of archaeological and historic significance, and advocates for historic preservation.

The NHC complements the local Historic District Commission, which is Nantucket’s regulatory architectural review board.  It also liaises with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and local preservation and conservation non-profits.

This mission statement has been revised on October 2, 2020.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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2022 Meeting Schedule (PDF)


Hillary Hedges Rayport, Chair
Term Expires: 2022

Clement Durkes
Term Expires: 2022

Georgia U. Raysman
Term Expires: 2023

David Silver
Term Expires: 2023

Milton Rowland
Term Expires: 2024

Angus MacLeod
Term Expires: 2024

Thomas Murray Montgomery
Term Expires: 2024

Alternate Members

Ben Normand
Term Expires: 2022

Susan Handy
Term Expires: 2023

Barbara White
Term Expires: 2024

Useful Information

Historic Pavement on Nantucket - Information and Guidelines