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Walkabout Polpis Harbor

Polpis Harbor Hike

Although Polpis Harbor is part of Nantucket Harbor, with its own narrow channel leading into it and two distinct coves or, lobes, this former kettle hole definitely feels like its own small harbor with a mooring field in its east lobe and a few boats in its west cove. Native Americans living around it spelled Polpis “Podpis”, which in their tongue meant “divided or branched harbor.”
The Polpis area was first called “Spotso Country” for an Indian chief named Spotso who lived nearby for about 40 years. In the 1600s, farms sprouted all around the harbor, along with fulling mills to clean and prepare wool. Some industrious islanders built sea salt evaporator operations and also excavated peat from the saltmarsh to burn in stoves for heat.
Festooned with salt marshes populated with nesting and fishing shorebirds, Polpis Harbor also has beautiful meadows overlooking the east cove with trails looping around this property and through the remains of a holly tree farm’s former inventory.

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Jun 21 2021


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2021 Annual Events

  • April 23 – 25, Daffodil Festival CANCELED check back for online options
  • May, Wine & Food Festival CANCELED
  • June 17 – 20, Nantucket Preservation Month
  • June 17 – 28, Film Festival
  • June, Book Festival CANCELED
  • July 3 – Independence Day Festivities
  • July 13 – 15, Nantucket Garden Festival
  • July 15 – 17, Comedy Festival
  • July, Nantucket Art and Artisan Show
  • July 19 – 24, Dance Festival
  • August 5 – 7, NHA’s Nantucket by Design
  • August 9-20, Nantucket Beach Fitness Camp
  • August 14, Boston Pops CANCELED
  • August 14 -22, Nantucket Race Week
  • August 22, Opera House CupCANCELED
  • August, Marine Life Release Day
  • October 9, Cranberry Festival CANCELED
  • November, NHA’s Festival of Wreaths
  • December, Christmas Stroll
  • December, NHA’s Festival of Trees

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