Edgartown was the Island’s first settlement in 1642. Originally called Great Harbour it was a world center for the whaling trade.
Many whaling captains built their homes in Edgartown, many of them today are private homes or beautiful bed and breakfasts.
One of the most beautiful is the Capt Daniel Fisher house, built in 1840, now the home of the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.
The Old Whaling Church, called that because it was built with whaling money in 1843, is an outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture.
It is used as a performing arts center and one of the highlights of the year is the Christmas Minnesingers concert during the Christmas in Edgartown weekend.
The Federated Church is the Island’s oldest congregation, it was established in 1642. This structure was built in 1828.
The oldest known house on Martha’s Vineyard is the Vincent House now located behind the Whaling Church. It was moved there from its original site The Great Plain area outside Edgartown on the South Shore.
Memorial Wharf with observation deck on the top allows a stunning view of Chappaquiddick and the Edgartown harbor.
Old Sculpin Gallery and hand sculpted Whale’s Tail are across from Memorial Wharf.
Edgartown is charming and elegant.
Walk down the street early on a quiet morning or pull up a chair by the harbor. Edgartown has it all… beautiful places to stay, top notch restaurants, charming shops and art galleries to delight your senses.