On a recent trip out to Madaket to catch a sunset we decided to stop and check out the view from Madaket Millie’s home. It was extremely beautiful and tranquil and I could see why she made this area her home for so many years. “Madaket Millie” Jewett, a Nantucket legend, spent her life caring for the beaches, the animals and the people of Madaket. Reserved, yet strong-minded, Millie embodied the self reliant spirit of native islanders.
She was beloved by locals and visitors alike always willing to help people in need. Millie patrolled the coastline and watched for shipwrecks, earning her the highest civilian rank from the US Coast Guard. She sold ice cream, greeted passersby from her yard on Hither Creek, and developed a close friendship with Mr. Rogers, among others. Today there is a restaurant called “Millie’s” at 326 Madaket Road which offers a gathering place for visitors – old and new – to experience this unique part of Nantucket. Millies restaurant re-opened in June 2010 to return to the laid back beach side vibe that is so loved by locals and visitors of Nantucket. Chef David Scribner’s California Baja style menu, focuses on fresh local seafood utilizing local produce, handmade salsa and guacamole are sprinkled throughout the menu to invite you to take bite after bite of mouth-watering creations. Owners Bo Blair, David Scribner, David Simon, and Chris Cochran spearheaded a full renovation to breathe new life into one of Nantucket’s landmark restaurants. While the menu has changed, you can still find the famous Madaket Mystery and the best sunsets on Nantucket. I was so glad to hear that you could still get the famous Madaket Mystery drink that everyone talks about! While we did not have a chance to stop on our way back our sunset journey – I have to say that when we drove by the parking lot was packed and you could tell it has become a very popular place to eat!