The whaling industry was in its prime from about 1820 until the Civil War. Edgartown had its own fleet of whaling ships and thus its share of whaling captains.
Dr Daniel Fisher was not a whaling captain, but his home, built in 1840, is one of the loveliest in Edgartown. Besides being a doctor he was a successful and versatile businessman. He supplied whale oil to many US lighthouses, he owned a candle factory on the harbor, a hardtack bakery, a flour mill in N Tisbury, and he founded the Martha’s Vineyard National Bank. The Dr Daniel Fisher house in now owned by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.
The Harborside Inn on S Water Street is made up of seven buildings several of which are 19th century whaling captain’s homes.
These homes are also on S Water Street, the Victorian Inn is among them.
N Water Street has an abundance of captain’s homes also. This is one of the prettiest streets in Edgartown.
The Charlotte Inn on S Summer Street is a cluster of five 18th and 19th century homes.
These are but a few of the gorgeous, beautifully restored captain’s homes. When you’re on MV enjoy wandering through the streets of Edgartown and see them for yourself. I particularly like early Sunday mornings for my jaunts.