"If you stroll the cemetery roads and paths and scrutinize the names on the stones, you will find material and to spare for the ancestral roll call of the island." These were words written by Florence Bennett Anderson in Through the Hawse-Hole the True Story of a Nantucket Whaling Captain, the biography of her great great grandfather Captain Seth Pinkham interred at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Prospect Hill Cemetery is located in the center of Nantucket Island. We welcome you as you visit our island and while you are here take a stroll through Prospect Hill Cemetery. You will find it a place of peace and tranquility. There are places to sit and reflect on its past. You may also see names from your history books on the headstones at Prospect Hill. Nantucket is a special and unique experience. We invite you to explore Nantucket's past at historic
Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Nantucket, Massachusetts is a nonsectarian and not-for-profit cemetery association open to all columbarium, burial lots and estates are available. For detailed information please visit our "A Guide to Burial at Prospect Hill Cemetery" page. The Prospect Hill Cemetery Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a 501 (c)(13) tax exempt cemetery.
The Prospect Hill Cemetery Association is pleased to announce the publication of our book:
Tuck't In: A Walking Tour of Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Nantucket, Massachusetts.
To purchase Tuck’t In: A Walking Tour of Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Nantucket, Massachusetts please click on the link highlighted below and fill out the order form. Mail to: Theresa Davis, President, Prospect Hill Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 3066, Nantucket, MA 02584. Tuck't In can also be purchased at Mitchell's Book Corner, Nantucket Bookworks, The Hub, the Nantucket Historical Association's Whaling Museum Gift Shop, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association Gift Shop or by contacting Prospect Hill Cemetery Association.
Tuck't In, highlighting the lives of Nantucketers with their inspiring and intriguing stories, will fund preservation, conservation and restoration at historic Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Tuck't In is a who's who of Nantucket history!
Learn about Nantucketers and the lives they led, from the simple to the extraordinary. The chronicles include whaling captains, mariners lost at sea, merchants, writers, artists, educators, Civil War veterans and prisoners. Nantucket notables such as a congressman, distinguished astronomer and Nobel Prize recipient are all buried at Prospect Hill.
The chronicles emanate from diaries, personal letters, memoirs, historic and contemporary images, newspaper accounts and extensive historical research. There is intricate mapping of the property with full maps and reference by chronicle. There is an index by name and by lot number. Numerous accounts have the subject's own voice or a contemporary of the individual recounting the narrative.