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Apostrophe Mystery …

On October 27, 2007 I wrote a post about how Martha’s Vineyard supposedly got her name… it was cleverly titled “Naming Martha.” 

Since that post there has been a story published in the Vineyard Gazette about how Martha got its apostrophe.  Not earth shattering news perhaps but still interesting due to the fact that it is protected by federal decree and that only four places in the United States have been granted a legal apostrophe.  

 Reached at his home this week, Arthur Railton, former editor of the Dukes County Intelligencer, mused on the use of the apostrophe and its placement in the Island name. “An apostrophe suggests ownership, and Martha never owned a vineyard of course, so I don’t know how it got there,” he said. “I’m glad it’s there,” he continued. “Without an apostrophe, it seems like a different name. With the apostrophe, it makes it sound as though it is Martha’s vineyard, but without the apostrophe, I don’t know what it would be.”

 If your interest is piqued then read the entire article here.


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Chappaquiddick …

Chappaquiddick is a small island off the bigger island of Martha’s Vineyard. 

  To get there it’s about a 2 or 3 minute ride from Edgartown on one of two On Time ferries.  They are called On Time because there is no schedule so whenever they run… they’re on time. 

 Once you’re on Chappaquiddick, otherwise known as Chappy, you’ll want to check out the beaches.

 This is my daughter and her dog Chappy doing just that.   

 See the beautiful Mytoi Japanese garden. 

 Visit Cape Poge lighthouse.

 Boating, biking, hiking, spending time at the beach… Chappaquiddick is a nice place to get away to… 

 … and then head back to Edgartown. 

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Fishing Village of Menemsha …

101_3493   Menemsha is a fishing village located within the town of Chilmark on the western side of Martha’s Vineyard.  In 1905 Menemsha Creek was dredged to form the working fishing basin of today.

  According to Wikipedia:

The village’s historic harbor serves as the point of departure for local fishermen, some from multi-generational fishing families, as well as charter boats to the Elizabeth Islands and elsewhere. Besides charter fishing and cruises, other possibilities for recreation are the public beach adjacent to the harbor and the bicycle ferry across Menemsha Pond to Aquinnah.  Menemsha is the location of a United States Coast Guard station and was once known as Menemsha Creek.

  This sculpture commemorates the sizeable fleet of swordfishermen who at one time called Menemsha home.


The beach at Menemsha is small and quiet with calm waters.  Great beach for finding stones and shells.

Menemsha harbor was used for location shots for the movie “Jaws” and was also where Vineyard resident, singer Carly Simon did her 1987 HBO special ‘Coming Around Again’.

 Menemsha is the best place on the Vineyard to enjoy the sunset.  And to catch a bite at the Bite.

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Edgartown …

  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.

100_1604 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.