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A treasure trove of trash

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ne person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Especially when you’re talking about the people who live on, or visit, Nantucket. Which makes the Madaket Mall one of our favorite island secrets. There are no chain stores in this mall. It doesn’t have a food court. It’s the local dump, where locals and vacationers pile their way-better-than-average, no-longer-needed goods in the “take it or leave it” recycling shed. Free furniture, clothing, sporting equipment, books—it’s all here. Clements



The first public-works project on Nantucket was a one-mile fish run inelegantly named the Madaket Ditch, which connected Long Pond to Madaket Harbor. Dug around 1665, it allowed migrating fish to be caught more easily. You can still see parts of the Madaket Ditch under Second Bridge on the island’s west side.