Tale of the White Elephant
The White Elephant has graced Nantucket's waterfront since the 1920's. Originally a collection of rustic cottages, the hotel was the dream of a prominent Nantucket socialite, Elizabeth T. Ludwig. She believed that the property would, one day, be a fine harborside hotel.
Her pet project became the talk of the town, known affectionately as "Mrs. Ludwig's white elephant"—a witty name that stuck. But Mrs. Ludwig never wavered in her belief that the White Elephant would become a gracious Nantucket hotel. The lodging business prospered and additional buildings were added, as were a new dining room, lounge and cottages.