Nantucket Sights

African Meeting House

  • 29 York St. Map It
  • Nantucket Town
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 07/14/2016

Fodor's Review

When the island abolished slavery in 1773, Nantucket became a destination for free blacks and escaping slaves. The African Meeting House was built in the 1820s as a schoolhouse, and it functioned as such until 1846, when the island's schools were integrated. A complete restoration has returned the site to its authentic 19th-century appearance. Next door is the late 18th-century Florence Higginbotham house, originally purchased by Seneca Boston, a former slave and weaver.

Sight Information


29 York St., Nantucket Town, Massachusetts, 02554, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $5
  • June–Oct., weekdays 11–3, Sat. 11–1, Sun. 1–3

Published 07/14/2016


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