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5 Martha’s Vineyard Tours Every History Buff Will Love

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This blog was originally published in 2015; we have since updated it to reflect the most current and accurate information. 

With so many gorgeous beaches, views, and hotels, Martha’s Vineyard has been a favorite American vacation spot for generations.

However, the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard is not the only draw that the island holds. It’s also one of America’s most historic locations.

During your stay at the island, don’t simply spend all of your time on the seashore. Make sure to look into some historic tours of the island as well. You and your family can learn all there is to know about the vineyard’s colonial past.

The Vincent House

99 Main Street, Edgartown, MA

The ocean views aren’t the only part of Martha’s Vineyard that make the island such a beautiful place.

Some of the oldest homes in America can be found in Martha’s Vineyard, and the classic colonial architecture is a sight to behold. You can take tours of many of the homes to learn about the history of the buildings and the people who lived and worked in them.

One house that is a must see is the Vincent House. The home was built in 1672, making it the oldest residence on the island.

Tours are available weekdays.

Old Whaling Church

89 Main Street, Edgartown, MA

Homes aren’t the only buildings on the vineyard that have an historical significance.

The gorgeous Old Whaling Church is an historic church, built in 1843, is reputed to be one of the most beautiful churches in New England.

It draws countless visitors for services, weddings, and more.

The church was built by whaling captains and seats about 500 people. There is no official tour of the church. However, it is still a must see stop while you are on the island.

The Heritage Trail

The historical and cultural imprint left on Martha’s Vineyard by the African-American community is considerable.

The Heritage Trail is a tour of Martha’s Vineyard that explores the rich history of Martha’s Vineyard through highlighting and detailing the contributions of African Americans on the Island.

The tours are $50 per person and last two and a half hours. They occur every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after June 15th and start at 9:00 am.

Make sure that you book your reservations before hand.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum

59 School Street, Edgartown, MA

You don’t need to wander all over the island to learn about its history.

There is a way that you are learn about the history and culture of Martha’s Vineyard while staying under one roof.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is full of different collections and exhibitions that detail the history, culture, and art of the island for the purpose of educating the public.

Admission to the museum is $10 per person, with discounts for seniors and children.


Finally, you simply cannot take a trip to Martha’s Vineyard without seeing its famous lighthouses.

The island is home to five of the oldest and most impressive lighthouses built on American soil. The West Chop Lighthouse, East Chop Lighthouse, Edgartown Lighthouse, Gay Head Lighthouse, and the Cape Poge Lighthouse are all excellent places to start.

A few of the lighthouses are even open to the public and have guided tours.

Everyone wants to have a relaxing vacation by the beach. At Martha’s Vineyard, spending some time with the sand between your toes is easy.

Make your trip even easier by booking transportation with Cape Cod’s own White Tie Luxury Transportation.

Contact us today to learn more about our services or to make your reservation.

Photo Credit: David Berkowitz

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