The Main Street Fountain Is Repaired. When Will It Return To Nantucket?

Jason Graziadei •

Main street fountain
The Main Street fountain. Photo by Cary Hazlegrove |

Will the Main Street fountain return to its rightful place on the cobblestones before summer arrives?

"Hopefully," DPW director Andrew Patnode said.

The historic fountain - which was destroyed by the driver of a white pickup truck in October 2023 - was shipped off the island in broken pieces to be repaired six months ago. The town engaged Bartlett Consolidated to manage the repair process and recoup insurance money to cover the costs, according to town manager Libby Gibson. The fountain was shipped to Cassidy Bros. Forge in Rowley, Mass., shortly after its demise last October.

On Tuesday, a representative of Cassidy Bros. Forge told the Current that the repairs to the fountain had been completed and it had been picked up from their facility last week.

As Patnode explained, " the town engaged Bartlett Consolidated to manage the repair process, which includes handling the insurance claim, hauling off-island, overseeing the cast iron repair at Cassidy Bros., hauling back to the island, and coordinating the reinstallation. So, Bartlett Consolidated picked up the fountain (not the Town/DPW) and it’s at their shop in Plymouth. They are working on scheduling a ferry reservation, an electrician, a mason, etc. for the physical reinstallation once it arrives on-island, but they haven’t given us a date yet for the fountain’s triumphant return to Main Street."

Stay tuned...

Photos of the fountain under repair courtesy of Cassidy Bros. Forge: 

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