Edgartown is one of New England's most elegant
of the six picturesque and quaint towns it's comprised
of. Edgartown was the Island's initial colonial
settlement and the Greek revival houses erected by the
whaling captains have been generously preserved and maintained
giving this seaport community a museum-type feel to it.
A walk along Edgartown's streets offer visitors
a way in which to fully appreciate the historical significance
of the area especially during the warm evenings when the
street lamps are lit up and accent the towns beautiful
architecture. There are wonderful beaches dotted
about Edgartown offering ocean activities, fishing and great views of the harbor and Edgartown remains most
visited in the summer months when the weather is at its prime though people gather in early spring and
fall as well.
Edgartown Art Gallery, open 9am to 5pm daily, is located
steps away from the heart of the village nestled next
to the Charlotte Inn and off South Summer Street. Edgartown
Art Gallery remains a prized gallery in Marthas
Vineyard and is often visited by art purveyors and
aficionados alike. This esteemed gallery has gained much-deserved
attention for it original artwork and cultured environment.
Edgartown Art Gallery features exhibited works enhanced
by their timeless style. A collection of permanent works
by Ray Ellis can be found inside as Edgartown Art Gallery
is the exclusive regional representative of the renowned
artist. Outside of the gallery Ray Ellis's work
can be found in the White House, private collections around
the world and in museums across the U.S. Other artists
original work exhibited in the gallery include paintings
from Marjorie Mason, William Ewing and Sergio Roffo among
The Edgartown Lighthouse is an oft visited conical attraction that was originally built in1828 and lies on a man-made island in the harbor. In its first year of existence the Edgartown Lighthouse could only be reached by boat but now there is a long wooden footbridge that connects it to the island. The footbridge was where whalers took their girlfriends before long excursions at sea and aptly became known as "The Bridge of Sighs". Since the Edgartown Lighthouse was first built, sand has long accumulated between it and the mainland and the current structure now sits on the shores of Edgartown. The admission fee is $3.00 for adults and children under 12 are admitted free of charge but check rates before visiting.
The famous Old Whaling Church in Edgartown Marthas Vineyard has six massive columns and is a focal point on Main Street. Built in 1843 this Edgartown Marthas Vineyard attraction was built during the peak of the areas whaling industry and has since been converted into a performing arts center. Katama beach in Edgartown Marthas Vineyard is one of the more visited beaches and is great for riding the surf or jumping amongst the ocean waves on this 3 mile ocean side expanse of barrier beach. The Katama Beach side offers a more relaxed environment and great views of the bay. The Vincent House Museum in Edgartown Marthas Vineyard takes visitors back through the fascinating history of the area while Chappaquiddick is a nearby, small and impressive island perfect for a bike ride on any afternoon.
When searching for a special coastal holiday or just a relaxing weekend getaway Edgartown offers beautiful surrounding landscape and alluring revival architecture. Fine dining restaurants, distinguished inns, many attractions and trendy shops are just a few things that delight tourists on this charming island destination.