October-ganza 3, day 3: ‘Nantucket Island: Home of the Ocean Breezes…’1
October 3, 2016 by Bret Kramer (aka WinstonP)
As part of my work on developing Namacknowatt Island (my small addition to Lovecraft Country, off the coast of Kingsport, about which I hope to have more news later), I’ve been doing a lot of reading about real-life islands off of New England, especially places like Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
A while back I came across a tourist brochure entitled Nantucket Island: Home of the Ocean Breezes, 30 Miles at Sea, which provided an interesting overview of that island in the early 20th century (I’ve tentatively dated the pamphlet to 1919). I shared it with Sentinel Hill Press’s Patreon backers this spring and now, for our third day of our October-ganza, thought I’d share it with the wider world.
The short pamphlet (24 pages) offers a history of the island (since Europeans arrived at least), a survey of tourist attractions such as the Mitchell observatory, the island’s artist colony, “water bathing” (aka going to the beach), walks and motor tours, and, conveniently, a long list of available hotels. Combined with a period map (like this one) you have the start of setting for a classic-era scenario.
Here then is Nantucket Island: Home of the Ocean Breezes, 30 Miles at Sea.
Excellent bit of history. There seem to be quite a number of opportunities for adventure with the proper lead in.