Nahant Public Library

Art and Artifacts Collection

Nahant Public Library has acquired many artifacts and artworks over the years that are relevant to the town's history. Its collection of Native American implements point to the land's early use as a fishing encampment by the Massachusett (an Algonquian tribe) up until the 16th century. The library's portraits of early settlers, visitors, and boarding houses in the 19th century denote the town's rise from a simple farming community to a mecca for Boston's elite. And, its maps, painted landscapes, and photographs point to its transition from a genteel oasis to a bustling recreational stop, easily accessible from Boston, at the turn of the 20th century.

You can learn more about the Nahant Public Library's art and artifacts through its tour brochure at or by visiting the library.

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