Introduction to Edgartown, Massachusetts
Edgartown, Massachusetts, in Dukes county, is 27 miles SE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center) and 72 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The picturesque town is situated on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard and is a popular tourist destination. It's bordered on the south by the Atlantic Ocean and includes Chappaquiddick Island. The town can easily be toured by walking or with bicycles. It's a notable yachting center and has the appearance of a seaport village from the early 19th century. The community features impressive, historic mansions and is surrounded by natural beauty.
The English established settlements in 1642. It was originally known as Great Harbor. Edgartown and Tisbury were the two original communities located on Martha's Vineyard. The town was named in tribute to Edgar, the son of James II of England, who died at four years of age. During the 1800's Edgartown was a prosperous community and a prominent whaling port. Ship captains constructed huge mansions for their families. By the beginning of the 20th century the whaling industry in Edgartown was over.
Edgartown and nearby Attractions
- Cannonball Park.
- Edgartown Lighthouse.
- The historic Thomas Cook House is a noteworthy museum.
- Water Street includes numerous historic "Captains' Homes."
- Daniel Fisher House.
- The Whale Tail Sculpture is situated in the downtown area.
- Edgartown Yacht Club.
- Vincent House Museum.
- The historic Federated Church.
- The Vineyard Gazette is located in a notable historic structure.
- The well known historic Old Whaling Church has been converted into a performing arts center.
- Flying Horses Carousel.
- East Chop Light.
- Woods Hole Science Aquarium.
- Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve.
- Cape Cod Mall.
- Katama Bay features impressive mansions and scenic views.
- World of Reptiles and Birds.
Edgartown features numerous beaches. South Beach, situated in Katama is a popular destination. Lighthouse Beach is known for calm waters and excellent views of the harbor. Bend-in-the-Road Beach is enjoyed by residents and tourists. Chappaquiddick Island features a wooded landscape and a few scenic beaches. The Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge is located on the eastern shore of the island.
Wasque and Cape Pogue are popular fishing locations. Felix Neck is a vast acreage and offers scenic trails. Pocha Pond and the channel which connects with Cape Poge Bay offers opportunities for paddling and canoeing. The Edgartown Great Pond is a notable location for canoeing and features an abundance of wildlife. Atria, Fernando's Restaurant, Letoile, Lattanzi's, Morning Glory Farm, Navigator Restaurant and the Seafood Shanty are some of the notable restaurants in Edgartown.
The town is served by the Martha's Vineyard Airport and the Katama Airpark.