In the 1830s, silk was all the rage in fashion. And Nantucket decided to get in on the action.
“There was a lot of speculation along the eastern seaboard about establishing silk in the United States,” said Nantucket resident and historian Barbara White.
So, two Nantucket entrepreneurs planted 4,000 mulberry trees in the Polpis area of the island.
“The trees got established, and in 1832, they opened a silk factory,” said White.
It was thought that the mulberry trees and the silk that they fed would thrive on Nantucket.