Edgartown, the island’s first settlement, dates back to 1642 when the whaling industry and trade from China brought the original fortunes to Martha’s Vineyard. Today, it is the county seat for Dukes County. Streets are lined with stately Captain’s homes, most of which are private, with some as shops or inns. Edgartown buildings are painted white with either black or green shutters. You will see lovingly restored and well maintained buildings representative of Greek Revival and Federal Style architecture enhanced with rose-covered picket fences and outstanding gardens.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is not to be missed, satisfying all history buffs with well curated shows, extensive historical information, and a terrific gift shop. The Museum maintains open hours for the Islands 5 lighthouses located in Edgartown, West Chop Vineyard Haven, East Chop Oak Bluffs, Gay Head Aquinnah, & Cape Pogue Chappaquidick. They are all labeled on your Discovery Map.
Main St. hosts a variety of eating and shopping options as well as Entertainment Cinemas - a year round theater with two screens. A not-to-be-missed shopping experience is The Boneyard, the islands largest surf shop open 7 days a week!. Edgartown is home to its own brewery, Bad Martha, and Edgartown Meat & Fish offering premier gourmet choices as well as a café.
The Chappaquidick Ferry is small ferry that runs continually from Memorial Wharf to Chappaquidick, another island unto itself worth a visit. Katama is a simple 2 mile drive to the Island’s only free parking access to the South Shore or easily accessible by bike or bus. How about a free complimentary water taxi from Edgartown harbor down the Katama Bay for dinner at The Dunes Restaurant at The Winnetu Resort ?