The Nahant Historical Society was founded in 1975 because of our community’s vital need to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Nahant and its people. The Society continues to work with the ever-expanding collections to give better museum storage and provide access.
Nahant celebrates the anonymous restored gift of the Lowland Buddha, a Jizo Bosatsu. This work of art once graced the famous gate of the 1867 estate of George Abbot James and his wife Elizabeth “Lily” Lodge on East Point in Nahant.
The Society has on display many beautiful 19th century oil and watercolor paintings and etchings. Most notably are the William Huston ‘Bass Beach, Nahant’ 1880 and the Jonathan Mason’s ‘Castle Rock and East Point, Nahant from Mifflin Place’ 1832. Also on display are more recent works by Nahant artists Pete Rogers, Carolyn Jundzillo Comer, and Norman Laliberte.
THE BARK “SARAH”
Learn the story behind this intricate large plank-on-frame ship model, a recreated “Tall Ship” in miniature. Find out about Winthrop Taylor Hodges, the man who spent ten years building this ship in model form based on a youthful memory. See rare photographs of the ocean-going Sarah, upon which he sailed in 1887.