A Nantucket Treasure Restored

Virtual Private Passions

When Royal Oak members Ken Jennings and Al Messina first saw inside the lean-to house at 10 Martins Lane in 2017, they jumped at the chance to purchase the “untouched gem.” The home was originally built on Nantucket’s Fair Street circa 1750 and was moved to brick-laid Martins Lane in 1801.  Ken and Al spent two years on the renovation, which included installing central heating and restoring the home’s four fireplaces to working condition. All of the historic floors, windows, trim, and hardware were retained and restored—including whalebone cupboard pulls, Sandwich glass knobs, and handmade hinges. The home’s narrow winder staircase to the second floor was kept, but a more accessible staircase was added at the rear of the home by extending a dormer. An earlier porch addition was converted into a first-floor bedroom, and a new porch was added opening out to a large yard and garden, a rarity in the historic Fish Lot district near Nantucket’s Main Street. The garden features camellias, magnolias, and fruit trees along with blue delphiniums and purple lupines.

Deservedly, the homeowners won Nantucket Preservation Trust’s Historical Renovation Award in 2020. Join Royal Oak as Ken and Al lead us on a virtual tour of the house’s history and stunning interiors.  We will get to see the house and have the opportunity to ask questions about the design and restoration process and the homeowner’s involvement with Nantucket Preservation Trust.

This virtual tour will be presented live, and the home owners will lead us through the house and talk about the restoration process. Live attendees will have the opportunity to interact via video, audio, and chat during or after the program. 

Live tour limited to 30 members.


Monday, October 19 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (eastern)

Online via Zoom Webinar

$35 Conservator-level members and above only

After registering, you will receive an email with a link to the webinar.
*You must be signed into the website to register as a member. Click the sign in button at the top right of the shopping cart. 


Rent the recorded tour to watch at your leisure for 72 hours between Tuesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 22

$35 Conservator-level members and above only

The Zoom video link will be sent to you on Tuesday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m.. (eastern). 
Please check your spam or junk folder if you do not receive the link in your inbox. If it is not there by 10:15 a.m. (eastern), contact us right away at zoom@royal-oak.org
The rental of the tour will be hosted on the Zoom website and only available for streaming until Thursday, October 22 at 11:59 p.m. (eastern).  The video will not be available after that date and time. It cannot be downloaded.
*You must be signed into the website to register as a member. Click the sign in button at the top right of the shopping cart.