With its population of 311 recorded at the 2010 U.S. census, this western-most town on Martha's Vineyard retains all the untouched beauty of earlier times. It is home to the federally recognized Aquinnah Wampanoag whose culture is tightly bound to the colorful clay Cliffs rising above the Atlantic and which inspired its former name, Gay Head.
with its ancient stone walls, rolling hills and views toward the open Atlantic is home to many of Martha's Vineyard's farms and centuries old homesteads. Its remote and sparsely populated character makes it a popular choice for visitors seeking solitude and natural beatuty The still active fishing village of Menemsha at the town's northern boundry.
Edgartown, the county seat of Dukes County, has the Island's largest
population. Its attractions include South Beach on the Island's ocean
facing South Shore and it's picture perfect town center where 19th
century Whaling Captain's homes preside over lush gardens. It's natural
harbor attracts sailors from around the world and its shops and
restaurants are popular with residents and visitors alike. Just off the
mouth of the harbor, The On Time Ferry, provides service to
Oak Bluffs has for centuries been the Island's playground, beginning in the 19th century, as a summer destination for 'campmeeting revival meetings' (which contributed the Gingerbread style of architecture) and a popular resort destination for the Harlem Renaissance. Today visitors are drawn to its popular town beach, Flying Horses Carousel, and numerous bars & restaurants. It is one of two ferry ports on the Island, although seasonal.
Vineyard Haven, a community within the town of Tisbury, is the main and year round port of entry to Martha's Vineyard, and one of the three main population centers along with Edgartown and Oak Bluffs.
Shops and restaurants dot the pretty Main street which is in close proximity to the Harbor. A small town beach abuts the ferry terminal and continues west towards the West Chop Light. The natural harbor attract water craft from around the world.
Along with Chilmark and Aquinnah, West Tisbury forms "Up-Island" Martha's Vineyard. The town, having had its beginnings as the center of this farming community is defined by its Grange Hall. In summer, its weekly Farmer's Market draws visitors and locals alike. Alley's General Store epitomizes the town's down-home atmosphere as a gathering spot to catch up on local gossip and watch the world go by. In August the new 'Ag Hall' hosts the much awaited annual Agricultural Fair.