Historical Walking Tours in Martha's Vineyard
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Wandering around the shady streets of Edgartown is like walking through an early 19th century open air museum! Visitors can admire the serene beauty of Greek Revival style Captains’ houses framed by white picket fences and English gardens. Do not miss the Old Whaling Church, built by whaling captains in 1843 and one of the finest examples of Greek revival architecture in New England. A very nice selection of elegant boutiques and art galleries makes the visit even more worthwhile. Private tours are available through Vineyard Historic Walking Tours.
Tel: (508) 627 8619
Oak Bluffs Campground
‘The Campground’ is a unique National Historic Landmark composed of more than 300 perfectly maintained wooden cottages gathered in a beautiful park. This Methodist-founded campground began as a retreat in 1835. Over the years, brightly decorated gingerbread cottages replaced the tents and became permanent homes. It is a truly wonderful experience to stroll along the shady and peaceful alleys of the park and enjoy this unusual site. There is a museum onsite and private tours are available.
Tel: (508) 693 7784/ Tel: (508) 693 0525 (Private Tours). Also in Oak Bluffs, don’t miss the Flying Horses Carousel, a hand-crafted carousel that has been a feature on the Vineyard since 1884. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this is oldest continuously operated carousel in the country.
Vineyard Haven was one of New England’s busiest harbor in the 19th century and boasts interesting architecture with many beautiful old captain’s mansions. It is definitely worth a tour, with scenic stops on Main St, Church St, William St and at the West Chop Lighthouse.