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 a brick courthouse guarded by old growth elms. Although it only has a year-round population of 610, it is made up of a few neighborhoods that are distinctively different. The compact town center is intersected with side streets lined with stately Greek Revival houses built by the whaling captains in the 1800 and is carefully preserved. Lying on the south shore is the Katama plains, a 190-acre, glacier produced area of grasslands near the popular expanse of South Beach. And on the eastern end of the town and across a narrow channel is Chappaquiddick, accessed by a small ferry that carries three cars at a time, as well as passengers and bicycles. Locally known as Chappy, the island boasts only a single paved road with numerous wildlife preserves and pristine beaches accessible mostly by dirt roads. There are no stores on Chappy except for a seasonal coffee shop and a farmstand at Slip Away farm.

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