Vineyard Haven is one of three towns located “down-Island”, it was settled in 1674 and was known as Holmes Hole. The reason for the Vineyard Haven/Tisbury confusion is, as I understand it, that after the name change to Vineyard Haven in 1871 the town was later legally named Tisbury and thus the use of both names !! It is not as lively and artistic as Oak Bluffs or as picturesque and architecturally beautiful as Edgartown… it is the port of entry for most visitors and the center of commerce for Islanders.
On August 11, 1883 a fire in Vineyard Haven ravaged almost all of Main Street.
Below is Vineyard Haven harbor which is protected by two promontories of land known as East Chop and West Chop.
Vineyard Haven is the year round port of entry for the Steamship Authority, although ferries do land in Oak Bluffs also during the busy months.
It is home to the famous Black Dog restaurant and bakery.
Vineyard Haven is also home to the Vineyard Playhouse which is open year round. There are many interesting stores such as the eclectic Midnight Farm co-owned by Carly Simon. The Bunch of Grapes bookstore, clothing stores, restaurants, home furnishings, movie theatre… stroll the streets of Vineyard Haven and enjoy this bustling and charming town.
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