Edgartown Town Information

Edgartown is an old whaling town that has reemerged as a charming village, characterized by elegant historic homes and churches. Main Street, Edgartown looks the way a Main Street in a small New England town should look: a one-way street barely two lanes wide with a few blocks of inns, shops and restaurants, a church or two and an old courthouse guarded by old growth elms.

The European settlement of Martha's Vineyard began in Edgartown during the late 1600s. The town boasts a rich history as a whaling and shipping hub. Just off Main Street, there are modest houses dating from the 18th century, whalers' mansions from the 19th century, and 21st-century renovations or reconstructions and additions scattered throughout.

Edgartown is made up of a few neighborhoods including:

Edgartown Village: The town center is the epitome of a small New England town; a one-way street leading past inns, shops, restaurants, and churches to the harbor. Side streets are lined with stately Greek Revival houses that were built by the whaling captains and have been carefully preserved.

Katama: On the south shore of Edgartown is the Katama plains; a 190-acre, glacier-produced area of grasslands near the ever popular expanse of South Beach.

Chappaquiddick: A small island off the eastern end of downtown Edgartown, accessed by a small, barge-like ferry that shuttles three cars at a time, as well as passengers and bicycles, across the narrow channel to the other side. The rural island of Chappaquiddick is only three miles across, with one main road, and offers solitude, privacy, and unparalleled beauty.

Edgartown is a walking town with a compact village center, but the town itself is a total of 35 square miles. It contains miles of waterfront, either on the beaches, harbor or Edgartown Great Pond, with homes often tucked down dirt roads that feel especially "last century." Edgartown also contains a portion of the Island's state forest, with abundant walking, hiking and mountain bike riding paths. Nearby Katama Plains, a 190-acre site south of Edgartown, is one of the most significant ecosystems in Massachusetts; many of the plants there occur nowhere else on earth.

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