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Off The Beaten Path …

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Down a dirt road in the woods of West Tisbury near Indian Hill, is Christiantown.

Christiantown was established in 1659 by Wampanoag sachem Takemmy as a home for Native American converts to Christianity.

A plaque on the above boulder commemorates “the services of Governor Thomas Mayhew and his descended missionaries who here labored among the native Indians.”

By 1600 there were two or three congregations of Native Americans on the Island.

The Christiantown Meeting House, or chapel was built in 1829.  There is a tiny altar and six pews inside… nearby is an old graveyard. This is a wonderful place for hiking or a walk in the woods.

The Wampanoag tribe now owns the memorial, the chapel and the burial ground containing graves of early converts.

Christiantown is off the beaten track but worth the effort to find.

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I live in NJ but I am a Vineyard-a-holic. I love being there, reading about it, taking pictures of it and talking about it, I also love sharing it with special people. I'm married, I have two daughters, two grandchildren and a granddog... and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. I also have a photography blog... http://throughjerseyeyes.wordpress.com/ Enjoy.

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