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Visiting Chappaquiddick …

A few years ago we decided to take the On Time ferry over to Chappaquiddick.  In all the years of going to MV I’d never been to Chappy.  It was time.

It was a beautifully clear day and we were looking forward to taking a tour out to Cape Poge lighthouse. When we got over to Chappaquiddick we  piled into an all terrain open truck and off across the dunes we went.

Cape Poge Lighthouse is a 55 foot high wooden structure.  There’s a staircase inside but to get out onto the observation area you have to climb up a wooden ladder and through a door in the ceiling.  We were told many times by our guide to ‘watch our heads’… I was the first one up the ladder and I still can feel the bump on my head.

The view is amazing.  You can see for miles in every direction.

Including down where my daughter and grandson were waiting.  Being that I’m afraid of heights this was a big deal for me, but I’m glad I did it, the view was worth the slight tinges of terror I felt.

After our tour we headed to Mytoi Gardens. Mytoi is a botanical garden maintained by the Trustees of the Reservations.

We had a really nice time exploring a little of what Chappaquiddick has to offer.

Back on the On Time II, headed to Edgartown.


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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.