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Both have undergone major changes.
A look inside the Tabernacle and Trinity Methodist Church.
Looking at the Tabernacle from inside Trinity Methodist Church… I love this picture.
Trinity Park is a perfect place to enjoy some quiet time… to indulge in some contemplation, read, maybe snooze, enjoy a game of catch, or wander around with a camera.
According to the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Assn. website:
“The original layout of Wesleyan Grove was a simple formation of a circle enclosing the preaching area and the society or church tents. In 1859 a road, now known as Trinity Circle, was built which encircled that area. In 1864, the Association purchased the 26 acres it had been renting. As the area continued to expand (additional grounds were purchased in 1866), it developed in a radial-concentric pattern which was little used in America at that time. Paths radiating from Trinity Circle led to smaller circles where large groups of tents had been located – County Park (Wesleyan Grove), Forest Circle, Washington Park (Victorian Park), Cottage Park Avenue (Cottage Park), Crystal Park (Vincent Park), Washington Avenue (Butler Avenue), Rural Circle and Clinton Avenue, which, at one time, had been the main entrance to the Campground. The smaller circles, some surrounded by larger circles, had small paths radiating from them leading to other circles or parks. The method of the grounds layout was an additive one of discrete neighborhood units, each built around small various shaped parks. Some street and park names (current names are in the brackets) have been changed for various reasons over the years”.
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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.
Gay Head ~ 1989
There are lots of inspirational posts in blogger-land this month so I’ve been inspired to do one too.
These are good words to start 2011 with. Enjoy the journey -take each day as it comes and try to enjoy at least one little thing each day. Face problems and situations by taking one step at a time. Breathe -take a deep breath before you act, gives your head and heart a chance to get in sync with each other. Faith -have faith in yourself and in the world, know that a higher power is there to guide us if we have faith in it, and in ourselves. Imagine - let your mind wander, let your inner child back out, imagine yourself doing what makes your heart sing and what makes you content.
Right now I’m imagining myself on the Vineyard… breathing in the clean, crisp air… I have faith I’ll be there again enjoying the journey and adventures that wait for me.
It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the Vineyard in the autumn. The foliage is starting to turn to rusts and yellows and the colors of the landscape are taking on subdued, hushed tones. In other words, the Vineyard is as beautiful as always.
My daughter Deb, her dog Chappy and I sailed on the ferry ‘Martha’s Vineyard’, landing at the new wharf in Oak Bluffs.
Chappy had a new companion this trip, Ramble the sheep who was adopted by us in Edgartown in 1984. You can CLICK HERE to read about his adventures on MV this week. CLICK HERE to read his regular blog about his travels around the US.
We had perfect weather, even the rain gods looked the other way except for a few drops one morning.
From Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and Edgartown
to Menemsha and Aquinnah…
…we traveled from Down-Island to Up-Island and places in between. We met up with old friends, ate good food, did some shopping and enjoyed everything the Vineyard had to offer to us.