It was nearly 20 years ago that the NPT began to take shape as an 11th hour effort to save the 1904 Georgian school building known as the Valley Road School from demolition. In 2017 we will be celebrating the preservation of Nahant's unique legacy for today and generations to come - stay tuned for more details!
Our journey has been a long one that would not have been possible without your strong
and ongoing support. After years of extensive renovations at the Valley Road School, it
has been operating successfully since re-opening in 2004 as a self-sustaining Community Center housing the Nahant Historical Society, the Council on Aging, and providing meeting and office space for small businesses and town sponsored groups such as the Scouts.
The next challenge the NPT took on was the renovation and adaptive re-use of the Nahant Life Saving Station, which was returned to the Town in 2000 through the efforts of many townspeople and our elected officials, particularly Senator Ted Kennedy. The NPT accepted the request from the Town of Nahant to assume responsibility for the restoration and on-going management of the Station. A wonderful coalition of dedicated volunteers came together to save this iconic building. This site is now also self-sustaining via tenant and event income and serves as the home of Nahant’s American Legion Post.
We were recently cited by the US Life-Saving Service Heritage Association who noted that the Nahant LSS is truly unique in being the only station built by the LSS that has multi-directional doors enabling support for rescue operations in Nahant Bay and Broad Sound. They also complimented Nahant for our excellent maintenance of the Station.
The Station has been enjoyed by many Town residents as a unique location for their special events. Two recent May examples were the Garden Club plant sale and the Legion event honoring our veterans on Memorial Day. It might have been wet both days but the spirit of the attendees shone through as seen in the Garden Club photo below.
Over the NPT’s history and with your help, we have beaten the odds and now have two beautifully restored historic buildings that are self-sustaining. However, as any homeowner knows, building maintenance is an ongoing challenge often presenting unexpected expense. Toward that end, we continue to engage in fundraising and advocacy activities to keep these historic landmarks operating. You can be sure that your donations will be well spent as we operate entirely through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers and 100% of funds received go directly toward our mission.