MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

The Pagoda Tree …


This giant Japanese Pagoda tree in Edgartown is the oldest of its kind on our continent.  It was brought to Martha’s Vineyard from China as a seedling in a flower pot by Captain Thomas Milton.  He came to the Vineyard during the War of 1812 and liked the Vineyard so much that he decided to stay.  He bought land and built a house on S Water Street which this beautiful tree shades.  The Thomas Milton house is now part of the Harborside Inn.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

4 thoughts on “The Pagoda Tree …

  1. Wow, I learn more from you than anyone here. Now I have to go to Edgartown to see this tree. That is really interesting.

  2. Joanie: Whenever I’ve seen the tree, or heard about it, I have always thought that this puts “teeth” into the saying of “putting down your roots,” which is exactly what he did. I have just planted a magnolia in our front yard — well, did it this summer — and they are pretty long-lived trees down here. I hope long after I’m gone my kids and grandkids can come by and see it (regardless of who owns the property) and think, “There’s Mom’s tree!”
    Big hugs.

  3. I am just fascinated about the story of this Giant Pagoda Tree. I always take photos of this Tree and Capt.Thomas Milton’s House every time we go there…Hope it lives 100 or more years!

  4. I am looking at this tree, outside of my window at the Victorian Inn across the street! It is so big, that when I walked out to the balcony, the branches are so close, that the leaves are literally with in reach! Gorgeous Tree!

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