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Nantucket United Methodist Church


Our history

The Nantucket United Methodist Church has a long history, dating back to 1799 when itinerant preacher Jesse Lee visited the island.

During the early 1800s, Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world; causing the island population to swell well over 10,000. During this time, the congregation grew and a large church, which would accommodate more than 500 people, was built at its present site on Main Street.

Notable dates in the church’s history:

  • 1800 Original Methodist Church was built on Fair Street
  • 1823 Church at 2 Centre Street was built    
  • 1840 Façade alterations performed in Greek revival style
  • 1846 The Great Fire destroys the town; our church is the only wooden structure spared
  • 1856 Traditional whale oil lamps replaced by gas fixtures
  • 1859 Appleton Organ installed
  • 1969 Documentation for Historic American Buildings Survey
  • 1970 Dedication of Wesley Hall in basement
  • 1981 Documentation by Preservation Institute: Nantucket
  • 1995 Placed on 10 Most Endangered Buildings in Massachusetts list
  • 1996 Two Centre Street Restoration Project forms as 501(c) 3 non-profit to support preservation of important historic building
  • 1998 First Lady Hillary Clinton visits, designates Nantucket United Methodist Church building
    one of America’s Treasures in national preservation movement, “Save America’s Treasures”
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