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Early Morning Scene - Tudor Beach and the Town Wharf

"A town is people and the history of a town is the story of those who lived there."
Stanley Paterson/Carl Seaburg from Nahant On the Rocks.

Nahant has a long and rich history of being made up of family groups and diverse individuals who share a common ground and strong commitment to this island community. Explore the sections on the left to find out more about your community.

All About Nahant

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A Brief History
The Town of Nahant is a resort town of rocky coasts in the southernmost part of Essex County. Used in early colonial days as a grazing areas for cattle, sheep and goat flocks owned by Lynn residents, Nahant very soon became a maritime community with a small population devoted to fishing. Settlers were granted land for homesites but only if they also spent time fishing and smallboat fishing developed before 1640. Disputed land claims were the hallmark of the town's early years since the Sachem of Nahant, Poquanum (also called Duke William, Black Will or Dark-skin) apparently sold the same town site to three different sets of people.

By 1657, Nahant was laid out in planting lots of equal shares for all residents of Lynn with the requirement that all lots were to be cleared of wood in 6 years. This mandate effectively stripped Nahant of all its first growth woodlands.

The town became a resort mecca very early on with chaises coming from Lynn. Visitors stayed in boarding houses or private homes and the first hotel was built by 1803. In 1817 a steamboat sailed from Boston to Nahant daily and by 1826 a stage from the Nahant Hotel connected twice a day with coaches running between Boston and Salem. Fishing and several shoe shops were the major businesses aside from agriculture and tourism and even up to 1830 year-round residents were very few. Thomas Handyside Perkins, a prominent Boston businessman, built a hotel in Nahant in 1823 which featured a bowling alley and by the 1840's the town was already celebrated as the summer resort of Boston's elite.

Incorporated in 1853, the town was the site of the most massive hotel complex on the Atlantic Coast and the location of an annual regatta. By the end of the 19th century, there was a visible shift away from hotels and toward residences. An era of skyrocketing growth began about 1870 and continued unabated for the next four decades with construction firms putting up hundreds of summer homes for visitors to the town. In the modern era, Nahant has protected its residential status and farming and industrial activity have disappeared.

Nahant is located in Eastern Massachusetts, it is a peninsula jutting south of Lynn and surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean.
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Nahant is 14 miles north of Boston; 98 miles south of Portland, Maine; and 232 miles from New York City.
Total Area 15.48 Square Miles
Land Area 1.24 Square Miles

Nahant Education Information and Website Links

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The Johnson Elementary School, 290 Castle Road

The Johnson School system offers programs from preschool through the sixth grade. We have tuition agreements for our children to continue their education for grades seven through twelve in the Town of Swampscott.

The Johnson School Community will provide educational excellence in a safe nurturing environment that will challenge students to fulfill their potential, become critical thinkers and self-directed lifelonglearners, and develop the values necessary to become productive and caring adults.

Nahant Education Links
Nahant Public Schools Website
Johnson School

Nahant Bus Schedule
Nahant Education Foundation (New Address)
Swampscott Middle
Swampscott High

Northeastern Marine Science Center

Organizations Around Town

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A Wonderful Example of "Village Improvement"

"The 90's (1890's) saw a vigorous "Village Improvement Society". It was founded in 1897 and had as its object the preservation of the natural beauties of the town and the improvement in welfare of the people. This group was also partly responsible for the purchase by the town of Marjoram Hill for a public park."

If you would like your non-profit Nahant organization listed here please email the webmaster with your information.

Nahant Organization Links
Nahant Arts
Nahant Community Garden
Community Garden Blog
Nahant Dory Club
Nahant Education Foundation
Nahant Garden Club
Nahant Historical Society
Nahant Lions
Nahant Preservation Trust
Nahant SWIM

Nahant In Pictures

Outside of Boston, there is a special island community surrounded by harbors, sounds and bays and located on the Northeast flyway. Our neighborhoods, shops, public golf course, nature walk, university marine center, and iconic Life Saving Station enjoy spectacular coastal views of Boston and its North Shore. Nahant is a place where people live, work, play and learn. A place with a primary school, churches, community groups, leisure and cultural activities, and no stop-lights. Nahant is unique. Watch our faces and places and see why!
Nahant Arts Nahant Arts Nahant's arts classes, artists, musicians, dances, performances and more!
Nahant Celebrations Nahant Celebrations Nahant's 150th Anniversary and events, Sears Pavilion Dedication and more!
Our Community Nahant Community Coming together as only a small community could!
Johnson School Johnson School First day of school, Kylee nights, 6th play, field day and more!
Public Services Public Services Nahant's DPW, NPD, NFD and more!
Nahant Recreation Nahant Recreation Running, racing, baseball, pirates and sailing!
Nahant's Veterans Nahant's Veterans Veterans Day, Veterans Park and Memorial Point dedications.
Memorial Day Memorial Day A special tradition in Nahant.
Fourth of July 4th of July Our Horrible's Parade, memorial road race, kids games and fireworks!
New Year's Day New Yeras Day A chilly, quick dip, jumping off the Wharf and the New Year's Day "Soup Row".
Town Hall Town Hall The center of Town... anchor of our Historical District.
Spring Time In Nahant Spring Planted and wild flowers abound!
Summer In Nahant Summer Some would say..."what Nahant is all about"!
Nahant's Tudor Wharf Tudor Wharf Year round there is always something happening at "The Wharf".
Fall Fall The changing colors and spooky decorations of Fall.
Winter Winter Dig in...dig out, Winter in Nahant is coming, no doubt!
Storms Storms Wind and rain, ice and snow, it's all part of Nahant ebb and flow.
Wildlife Wildlife Some of our annual visitors and permanent residents!
A Walk Around Town Walk Some walks around our island next to the sea.
     

Nahant Religious Organizations

"Bless O Lord our island home next to the ever changing sea. Stay with us e're we roam even to eternity. Help us humble in thy sight, help us all thy work to see. Standing always in thy light to walk the chosen path with thee. God of ocean, God of sea, author of eternity. Watch with us while sea gulls soar, hold us thru the tempest's roar."
Risch/Dineen 1990 from the Nahant Hymn

Nahant Village Church

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Nahant Village Church

The Nahant Village Church represents a union of all Protestant church groups in Nahant. We invite you to share in our fellowship and worship, to make this your church home, and to call upon us for service. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

The Nahant Village Church was established in 1850.

Contact Information
Reverend Dr. Larry Titus | info@nahantvillagechurch.org

Church Office
27 Cliff Street | PO 77 | Nahant, MA 01908 | (781) 581-1202

Hours Open
Sunday's and by Appointment

Saint Thomas Aquinas Church

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Saint Thomas Aquinas Church

We are a community built on a hill (Mt. 5:14). We are like a "Light for the whole world" striving to live Christ's life and grateful to those who have passed the light to us. We will share it with all.

Contact Information
Reverend Terence P. Curley, D. Min., Pastor
Reverend Charles Onyango Oduke, S.J. Weekend Assistant

Church Office

248 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908
(781) 581-0023 (Rectory) 781598-8860 (Fax)


Daily Mass
Mon-Tues-Fri. 9:00am, Sat. 4:00pm and Sun.8:00am and 11:00am

Welcome To Our Scholarship Page

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We are very fortunate to have several groups and private individuals in our community who offer educational scholarships to help young people further their learning.

Below are the listings we are currently aware of. If your organization offers a scholarship please send in the information and we'll be happy to include it on this page.

Scholarship Name: Amount: Due Date: Application | Contact
Rona Brodsky Memorial Scholarship $500 2015 | TBA Johnson School or
Swampscott High School

A $500 memorial scholarship was established in the fall of 1997 upon the sudden and untimely death of Rona Brodsky.  Miss “B” taught first grade at the Johnson School in Nahant for almost thirty years and she was known and loved by all.  This scholarship will be awarded to a member of the High School Class who has been accepted by a two year or four year college leading to a degree.  Applications for this scholarship may be obtained at the Johnson School or Swampscott High School and must be returned to the Johnson School no later than the date above.


Christmas Parade Scholarship $500 2015 | TBA Johnson School
The Nahant Christmas Parade scholarship requirements are:  Community service, copy of acceptance letter to a school of higher learning (could include Prep school) college or university.  A letter of recommendation from either a Teacher, Clergy, Community service leader, etc.  and a brief letter from the student requesting the Scholarship about their interests and desires for their future.

Nahant Democratic Town Committee Scholarship $500 2014 | Sept. 9 Patricia McDevitt

The Nahant Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce the offer of a $500 scholarship in loving memory of John C. Cort. Please note this scholarship is open to ALL college grade levels and not just recent high school graduates.  Write a one-page essay on why you should vote Democrat. Please DO NOT put your name on the essay page.

This years application deadline is Primary Day, September 9, 2014. Visit www.nahantdems.com or contact Patricia McDevitt at (781) 592-6976 for more information.

John C. Cort was a loving family man; husband to Helen and father to ten beautiful children.  John brought all his passion for life and social justice to the Nahant Democratic Town Committee (NDTC).  John's deep concern for others is evident in how he lived his life and his numerous published writings.  Guided by his deep faith in Catholicism, John was a strong advocate for human rights.  He achieved this through his many prestigious positions.  Shortly after graduating from Harvard College in 1935, John was one of the earliest Catholic Workers.  In the 1960s, John served as the regional director of the Peace Corps in the Philippines.  From there, he was appointed director of the Massachusetts Commonwealth Service Corps by Governor Endicott Peabody.  In the 1970s, John served as the director for the Model Cities Program in Lynn Massachusetts.  In addition to authoring several books, John edited and wrote for many fine publications.  With all the goodness John gave to the NDTC and the world, we are lucky he lived to be 92.


Garden Club
Scholarship
$2,000 2015 | TBA Jeannie Buckley
The Nahant Garden Club, once again, is pleased to announce our offer of a $2,000 academic scholarship, to a high school graduate, who has been accepted to an accredited institution of high learning. The applicant must be a current resident of Nahant and have been a resident for at least 3 years. Their course of study should be related to ecology, environmental engineering, conservation, landscape architecture, botany, or horticulture. In the absence of an applicant majoring in any of the above fields, the scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated significant contributions to civic and community service organizations.

Applicants must include: A transcript of grades, an autobiographical letter describing the applicant’s accomplishments, a copy of acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, or community leader.

Please submit all requirements to:
Jeannie Buckley, 7 Walton Road, Nahant, MA 01908.
For more information, please call 781-581-0389

Captain Jennifer J. Harris Scholarships (2) $1,250
$750
2015 | TBA Swampscott High School

The Family of Captain Harris announces the following annual memorial scholarships:

Swampscott/Nahant Citizen Scholarship:  Graduating Swampscott High School students, Home Schooled students or GED recipients from Nahant and Swampscott are invited to apply for a $1,250 scholarship to support college expenses.

Returning Veterans: Enlisted veterans returning from an extended overseas combat deployment (6+ months) who are from Nahant, Swampscott or other North Shore communities are invited to apply for a $750 scholarship, to be awarded to one North Shore Veteran, to support college expenses.

Information, eligibility requirements, and applications for all scholarships are available at www.jjharrisscholarship.com.   Application deadline is May | TBA

Captain Jennifer J. Harris, a native of Swampscott, MA, graduated from Swampscott High School in 1996 and from the United States Naval Academy in 2000.  She was the first female helicopter pilot assigned to the famed Marine Corps squadron HMM-364 “Purple Foxes,” served three tours of duty in Iraq flying casualty evacuation missions, and was killed in action on February 7, 2007 when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down.

An educational trust continues Captain Harris’s legacy of serving others.  Contributions may be sent to the Captain Jennifer J. Harris, USMC Memorial Scholarship Fund, Eastern Bank, 405 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA 01907.

FYI: Previous Lynn English recipients include Andrew Henkenmeier and Jessica Sabino. Previous Swampscott/Nahant Citizen recipients include: Kate Elizabeth Bartholomew, Carissa Roche, Christopher M. Kalpin, Gina Rose Barden.


Charles Kelley Scholarship $500 April 2015 | TBA Download PDF Here

Please type a short essay on what Community Service means to you. Please DO NOT put your name on the essay.

Please submit the following with your scholarship application:
1) Copy of you Letter of Acceptance (If you do not yet have your letter please forward as soon as received)
2) A Short Essay ( Typed on a seperate peice of paper)

ELIGIBILITY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP | Any Nahant resident who has been accepted to a two or four year accredited college is eligible for this scholarship. Please submit a short essay on what "Community Service" means to you.

PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATION TO THE SELECTMEN’S OFFICE AT THE NAHANT TOWN HALL BY THE DATE LISTED ABOVE.

THE WINNER OF THE SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE EXPECTED TO ATTEND ANNUAL TOWN MEETING FOR PRESENTATION.

A LITTLE ABOUT CHARLES KELLEY | The Charles Kelley Annual Scholarship was established by residents of Nahant and the Nahant Board of Selectmen in memory of Mr.Kelley’s dedicated years of service.

Mr. Charles Kelley served for 33 years as a selectman for the Town of Nahant, this is the longest in the town’s history, and it is believed to be the longest in the modern history of Essex County.

Mr. Kelley’s political career started when he was elected to the School Committee in 1950 at the age of 22, he served as chairman of the committee from 1952 to 1955 and was instrumental in the planning and building of the Johnson School. Mr. Kelley when asked about his length of service was quoted as saying “ I’m not out to break records, I’m in politics because I love it and I hope I’m able to do something for my town.”

Application available above.


American LegionScholarship $500 2015 | TBA Download PDF Here
  American Legion Post 215 Nahant is once again awarding a $500 scholarship to a graduating Nahant high school senior.  In order to determine the most deserving student, we are holding an essay contest.  All graduating Nahant resident high school seniors (public and private) whom have been accepted to an accredited 2 or 4-year higher learning program are eligible. 

The requirements:  COPY OF YOUR LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE, 500 WORD ESSAY
WHO IS ELIGIBLE: NAHANT RESIDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO A 2 OR 4 YEAR ACCREDITED COLLEGE.

PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATION TO THE AMERICAN LEGION
P.O.BOX 82, NAHANT, MA. 01908 BY APRIL 25th, 2014

THE WINNER OF THE SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE NOTIFIED AND EXPECTED TO
ATTEND ANNUAL TOWN MEETING ON APRIL 26th FOR PRESENTATION

Lions Club
Educational Grant
$500 2015 | TBA Mark Reenstierna
The Nahant Lions Club will award $500 to a Nahant student who meets the following criteria: a current Nahant resident, graduating from an accredited secondary school and acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning.

The award is based on citizenship, scholarship, extracurricular activities and need. Interested applicants should submit a letter, detailing how he, or she, meets the citizenship criteria, a transcript through the third quarter of the senior year and a letter of acceptance from the institution of higher learning, that the applicant plans to attend.

All documentation must be submitted to:
Mr. Mark S. Reenstierna, PO Box 212, Nahant, MA 01908

Dr. Robert J. Munnelly Memorial Scholarship $500 June 16, 2014 Download PDF Here

The Dr. Robert J. Munnelly Memorial Scholarship was established by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Nahant in memory of its beloved President.  Dr. Munnelly was a longtime Nahant resident, distinguished veteran of the U.S. Army, and lifelong educator. He served as a classroom teacher, Northeastern University professor, and Superintendent of Schools in Saugus and Reading.  This $500 scholarship award is given as a tribute to his commitment to curriculum development and arts education for all students.  He always took a personal interest in students, enthusiastically encouraging them as they followed their educational passions. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nahant resident, graduating high school senior
  • Accepted to an institution of higher learning
  • Well-rounded individual involved in both community and school activities
  • Preference will be given to individuals with a demonstrated interest in the arts or education and related fields (e.g. teaching, school administration, guidance, or one who has done teaching or tutoring during their high school career.)

Application Process:
Please include:

  • Personal information – name, address, telephone number
  • Letter of acceptance to an institution of higher learning
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or community leader
  • Letter describing applicant’s service to school and community and educational plans

Application Deadline: June 16, 2014

Please send completed applications to: Mrs. Mary Jo Ludke
4 Highland Ave. Nahant, MA 01908

Scholarship will be awarded at the Johnson School 6th Grade graduation, June 24, 2014.


Teachers Association Scholarship $250 2015 | TBA Johnson School
Details to follow...

St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarships (2) $750
$500
June 15, 2014 Nahant Woman's Club
St. Thomas Aquinas Memorial Scholarship | $750
Bill and Dolores Perry Scholarship | $500

Candidates must be a member of St Thomas Parish and a graduating senior Class of 2014 and must have attended St. Thomas Religious Education Program. The scholarships will be awarded on  Sunday, June 29th at the 9 AM Mass.

Please send a letter describing church and community service along with a letter of acceptance to an institution of higher learning and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader by June 15th to:

Linda Lehman
362 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA  01908

Applications are available at St.Thomas or call Linda Lehman (781) 581-1638


Woman's Club Education Award $1,500 2015 | TBA Nahant Woman's Club
Our annual $1.500 award will be made to a high school graduate who will be continuing his, or her, education at an accredited two-four year college. Applicants must be current Nahant residents.

The award is based on academic record, financial need, community service and extra-curricular activities. The recipient will be announced at the Johnson School Graduation Ceremony in June. The award will be made directly to the applicant, at the beginning of the second semester in college. Information sheets are available at the Johnson School, Swampscott High School Guidance Office and at the Nahant Public Library. Interested seniors should send a letter of application, along with a high school transcript and evidence of acceptance to college to:

Nahant Woman's Club Scholarship | clo Ruthanne Switzer
18 Harbor View Road | Nahant, MA 01908

Youth Soccer Scholarship $ TBA 2015 | TBA Johnson School
Details to follow...      

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