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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.
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 small boat 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.
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
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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

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 Megan Snell |
27 Cliff Street | PO 77 | Nahant, MA 01908 | (781) 581-1202
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Saint Thomas Aquinas Church

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 AM, Sat. 4 PM and Sun.8 AM and 11 AM

Nahant Organizations

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 Organizations

  "01908" "01908" Facebook
  Ellingwood Chapel Concerts ECC Facebook
  Forty Steps Dance Company  
  Nahant Music Festival  
Community Groups
  American Legion  
  Community Garden Blog  
  Council On Aging  
  Nahant Garden Club NGC Facebook
  Nahant Historical Society  
  Lions Club Lions Facebook
  Nahant Preservation Trust NPT Facebook
  S.W.I.M. Inc. SWIM Facebook
  Nahant Village Church NVC Facebook
  Nahant Woman's Club NWC Facebook
  St. Thomas Church  
  Veterans Association  
  Nahant Fire NFD Facebook
  Nahant Police NPD Facebook
  Nahant Public Works NPW Facebook
Nahant Public Library
  Nahant Public Library NPL Facebook
  Friends of the NPL  
  Dory Club
  Little League
  Platform Tennis
  Nahant Golf Club NGC Facebook
  Nahant Living Nahant Living Facebook
  Nahant Tennis
  Recreation Commission
  Sailing Program
  Surf Nahant Surf Nahant Facebook
  Youth Soccer
  See Our Recreational Activities Page
School / Education 
  Johnson Elementary School
  N.U. Marine Science Center N.U. MSC Facebook
  Nahant Education Foundation (New Address)  
  Swampscott Middle School
  Swampscott High School

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.

Welcome To Our Scholarship Page


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.

Last Page Update: May 31, 2019 2:29 PM

Scholarship Name: Amt: Due Date: Application | Contact
America Red Cross
Leaders Save Lives
See Below See Below See Below

The American Red Cross is looking for student leaders.

Any current High School student interested in earning volunteer/community service hours, $$ an gift card, and an opportunity to win a scholarship to help with education costs, please see the flyer for more information and contact me at the Johnson School. Cheryl DiLisio RN  (781) 581-1600 x4  

Leaders Save Lives is a unique program for high school and college students who want to help save lives with the American Red Cross. By hosting a blood drive while school is out of session, you'll get the opportunity to win a scholarship, a meaningful leadership experience, a gift card award and the accomplishment of helping ensure a reliable blood supply. This leadership program is also a great way to rack up on volunteer hours.

Here’s how you can get involved in Leaders Save Lives:

1) Sign up to host a blood drive. Your blood drive must be scheduled while school is out of session during the summer or winter program time frame
2) Form a recruitment team to help make your blood drive a success
3) Recruit your friends and family to schedule appointments to donate at your blood drive

Visit the Red Cross website for additional information.

Rona Brodsky Memorial Scholarship $500 2019 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.

Applicant must have:
- Attended the Johnson School in Nahant
- Demonstrated personal qualities of exemplary citizenship, conscientiousness, and good moral character
- Been accepted by an accredited two or four-year college leading to a degree

Applicants must submit the following documents:
- Application
- Submit a short essay on what you have accomplished so far and what your goals are for the future
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader
- A copy of your complete high school transcript
- A copy of an acceptance letter from an accredited institution of higher learning which the applicant will be attending

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.

Johnson School 290 Castle Road Nahant 01908 or
Swampscott High School 200 Essex Street Swampscott 01907

The scholarship will be awarded at the Johnson School Moving on ceremony in June.

Coastal Ocean Science AcademyScholarship See Below 2019 TBA Northeastern
Marine Science Center

The Coastal Ocean Science Academy connects youth to local coastal habitats and the factors that shape them through authentic research experiences. Based at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, the one-week middle school and two-week high school programs include trips to field sites around the North Shore, both on and off the water.

Nahant scholarships are available. Scholarship deadline is in May of each year.  For more information and to sign up, contact Val Perini at 781-581-7370 x373, or, or

Nahant Democratic Town Committee Scholarship $500 2019 TBA James Walsh
Nahant MA 01908

Scholarship in loving memory of Bernie Yadoff

The Nahant Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce the eligibility requirements and instructions for our Scholarship in memory of Bernie Yadoff.  Bernie was a member and officer of the Nahant Democratic Town Committee for decades and it is only fitting that a scholarship be awarded in his name.

Our "Bernie" was "Dr. Bernard Yadoff, PhD."  He received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and was a practicing clinical psychologist in that city for more than 20 years before moving to Nahant in 1976.  From the very first Bernie involved himself in the public affairs of our community with particular interest in the Nahant Schools, the Nahant Lions Club and the Nahant Public Library.  He served on the FinCom for many years and was a member of the ACLU, an organization that he tirelessly supported throughout his adult life.

We would like to think that in all the many activities he pursued he reflected the Democratic values of compassion, fairness, and equal rights for all citizens.  He was a thoughtful man who engaged with others to better the lives of all his fellow citizens and we on the Nahant Democratic Town Committee were fortunate to serve with him and are proud to honor his memory.

Eligibility Requirements:
1.  Nahant Resident
2.  Born on or after July 4th, 1989.  Please note this scholarship is open to all college levels, not just high school seniors.
3.  Enrolled full-time in a two or four year accredited degree seeking program at an institution of higher learning located in the United States.

Instructions: Create an original 30 second YouTube video titled "Join Me and NDTC in Voting Democratic because..."  Post the video on the Nahant Democratic Town Committee Facebook page by the deadline listed above. Casting yourself in the video is optional.

Good Luck!!!

American Legion
Annual Scholarship
$500 May 13, 2019 The American Legion - PO Box 82
Nahant 01908

Mortimer Giberson Robbins American Legion Post 215


Copy of your letter of Acceptance. (If you do not yet have your letter as yet, please forward as soon as received.)

250-300 WORD ESSAY ON THE QUESTION ABOVE: (Please do not put your name on the essay.)

Nahant resident High School Students or Nahant Veterans who have been discharged from active duty within the last 12 months** who have been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college, university or a technical trade school**.

Scholarship Committee
The Nahant American Legion Post 215
P.O. Box 82
Nahant, MA 01908.

Applications must be received by Monday, May 13th, 2019
The winner of the scholarship with be notified and expected to attend the
Memorial Day Service at Veterans Park, Monday, May 27th for Presentation.

Garden Club
Academic Scholarship
$2,000 May 10, 2019
Jeannie Buckley
7 Walton Road
Nahant 01908

The Nahant Garden Club is pleased to announce our offer of a $2,000 academic scholarship to a 2016 high school graduate who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning.

The applicant must be a current resident of Nahant and have been a resident for at least three years. Preference will be given to a course of study related to ecology, environmental engineering, conservation, landscape architecture, botany or horticulture. IN THE ABSENCE OF APPLICANTS MAJORING IN THE ABOVE FIELDS, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated significant contributions to civic and community service organizations.

Applicants must include:
1. A transcript of grades.
2. An autobiographical letter describing the applicant's accomplishments.
3. A copy of acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning.
4. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader.

Please submit all requirements to:

Jeannie E. Buckley
7 Walton Rd Nahant, MA 01908
For more information please call 781-581-0389

Captain Jennifer J. Harris Scholarships (2) $1,250
2019 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.

Swampscott High School 200 Essex Street Swampscott 01907

- 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   Application deadline is in May of each year.

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.

Thomas Hutton Scholarship $500 2019 TBA Johnson School
The Nahant Christmas Parade scholarship has been rededicated to Tom Hutton. The 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.

Charles Kelley Scholarship $1,000 April 1, 2019

Nahant Board of Selectmen

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 separate piece 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.



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.

Nahant Board of Selectmen
334 Nahant Rd. Nahant MA 01908

Lions Club
Educational Grant
$500 May 15, 2019 Al Eaton
P O Box 33
Nahant, MA 01908
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. All Eaton, PO Box 33, Nahant, MA 01908

"Buck" and Matt Lombard Memorial High School Scholarship To St. Mary's $10,000 2019 TBA John Lombard
14 Fenno Way
Nahant 01908
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Bob and Janet Munnelly Memorial Scholarship $500 May 15, 2019 DOWNLOAD HERE

The Bob and Janet Munnelly Memorial Scholarship was established by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Nahant in memory of its beloved members. Bob 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.  Janet’s passion was human services. She worked tirelessly to help those in need. She worked for the Salem and Nahant Housing Authorities and was a Mentor to a local teen. Both Janet and Bob devoted countless hours to neighbors in Nahant who were in need of assistance. This $500 scholarship award is given as a tribute to their commitment to Nahant.

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 human services, 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 and email address
  • 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 his/her educational plans
  • Explain what receiving this scholarship would mean to you and your family

Application Deadline: See Above. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered.

Please send 5 copies of the completed applications packet to: Mrs. Mary Jo Ludke, 4 Highland Ave. Nahant, MA 01908

Scholarship will be awarded at the Johnson School 6th Grade "Moving On" ceremony in June.

St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarships (2) $750
2019 TBA Linda Lehman
362 Nahant Road
Nahant 01908
- St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Annual Scholarship | $750

- Bill and Dolores Perry Scholarship | $500

Applicants must be a current member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and attended St. Thomas Religious Education Program. Please include a letter describing examples of leadership and service to the CHURCH and community, a copy of acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader.

Application forms will be available at St. Thomas Church on the bulletin tables.

Please send completed forms to:
Mary Crowley, 7 Simmons Road, Nahant, MA 01908.

The scholarships will be awarded at a 9AM Mass to be announced.

Teachers Association Scholarship $250 2019 TBA Johnson School

The Nahant Teachers Association is pleased to announce the offer of a $250.00 scholarship.

Following are the requirements:
- Must be a Nahant resident
- Must be a graduate of the Johnson Elementary School
- Must have attended the Johnson School for at least two years
-Must be a good citizen, showing qualities of reliability, courtesy, consideration, and cooperation
- Submit a short essay on what you have accomplished so far and what your goals are for the future
- A copy of an acceptance letter from an accredited institution of higher learning
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader
- A copy of your complete high school transcript

Applicants must apply by the date above and should send their completed application to: "NTA Scholarship Committee", Johnson School. 

The scholarship will be awarded at the Johnson School Moving on ceremony in June.

NEVSOA Veterans
Scholarship (4)
$500 April 30, 2019

See the application for scholarship details and deadline requirements.

Nahant Woman's Club Scholarship $2,500 2019 TBA Nahant Woman's Club

Our annual $2,500 award will be made to a member of the Class of 2018 who will be enrolling in an accredited two or four year college. Applicants must be a resident of Nahant.

The award is based on academic record, financial need, community service and extra-curricular activities. Interested seniors should send a letter of application along with a high school transcript and evidence of college acceptance to the address below.

Although not specifically required letters of recommendation, photos & articles re extra-curricular activities, etc. are welcome and will be considered. All applications must be received by May 15th.

The recipient will be announced at the Johnson School Graduation Ceremony in June. The award will be made directly to the winner at the beginning of the 2nd semester of college.

Mail or deliver to:
Nahant Woman's Club Scholarship
c/o M.L. Cort
One Maolis Road Road | Nahant, MA 01908-1212

Youth Soccer Scholarship $ TBA 2019 TBA Johnson School
Details to follow...      

Visit Nahant Sports Websites

There are plenty of great opportunities for young and old to participate in sports. From T-ball to tennis,soccer, golf and sailing, Nahant has several organized sports programs and outdoor
activities open to everyone.

Nahant's Own "Rex Sox" - Celebrate Their 50th Summer Season

Use the links
below to connect directly to the available websites.

Nahant Youth Basketball League

Nahant Little League

Nahant Sailing Program (NSP)

Nahant Dory Club

Nahant Soccer

Nahant Youth Tennis

Summer 2019 at the Nahant Country Club
Membership Not Required, Open to the Public

The 2019 Nahant Tennis Program will run from July 1 - 31 and
August 5 - 16 geared for kids ages 5-15 of all skill levels. Kids will develop a well-rounded tennis foundation through on-court agility, stroke progression, and drills aimed at promoting learning and fun!

Program Dates: July 1 – 31
Make-up days and missed classes due to weather, scheduling, and/or holidays are reserved for July 29, 30, 31

Two days per week for 4 weeks: $130
Three days a week for 4 weeks: $180
Four days a week for 4 weeks: $240

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Times: 8-9:30am or9:30-11am (1.5-hour sessions)

August 5 - 16:  Small Groups of 2 - 4 Students for More Individual Attention

Email or call 978-239-8677 for more information or to enroll!


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