Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket welcome guests to historic homes and sites

Gingerbread Cottages of Oak Bluffs

In the Center of Oaks Bluffs is a colony of about 300 perfectly preserved examples of Carpenter Gothic style "gingerbread" cottages dating from the mid-1800s. The colorful little homes, owned and occupied by families over generations, are the living continuation of the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, rooted in the 1830s Wesleyan revival movement. The still-dynamic Tabernacle stands at the center of this network of fairytale-like houses.

Quaker Meeting House

7 Fair Street Nantucket, MA, 02554 Phone: 508-228-1894

Constructed in 1838 as a Friends school, the Quaker Meeting House provides an appropriate setting for presenting the story of Quakerism as a dominant social and economic force on Nantucket. Interpretive presentations are regularly scheduled.
Hours: Open April through October; call ahead for hours.
Information: www.nha.org/sites/quakermeetinghouse.html

Nantucket Life Saving Museum

Polpis Road Nantucket, MA, 02554 Phone: 508-228-1885

This museum is the re-creation of the 1874 life guard station originally at this site.
Hours: Late May to Columbus Day, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; youth age 5-18, $3.
Information: www.nantucketshipwreck.org.

Old Gaol

Vestal Street Nantucket, MA Phone:

This site is maintained by the Nantucket Historical Association. Exhibits feature stocks and other equipment. It was the first prison in the U.S. to allow prisoners to go home at night.
Hours: May 25–October 14, daily, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; youth age 6-17, $3.
Information: www.nha.org/sites/oldgaol.html.

Cottage Museum

1 Trinity Park Oak Bluffs, on Martha's Vineyard, MA, 02557 Phone: 508-693-0525

Thirty-five acres of brightly painted cottage dating back to mid 1800s; tour a gingerbread home; performances at the tabernacle. Visitors to the Cottage Museum can view the interior of a typical Campground cottage, complete with period furnishings of the 1800s. Also on display are vintage photographs and other documents relating to the history of the Campground.
Hours: Summer months, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $2; children age 3-12, 50 cents.
Information: www.mvcma.org/museum.htm

The Old Whaling Church

89 Main Street Edgartown, on Martha's Vineyard, MA Phone: 508-627-4440

The church was built in 1843. With its dramatic front columns and majestic steeple, it's an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture. The church is now a community performing arts center and has many special events scheduled throughout the year. Call the church or consult the local papers for a schedule of events.
Information: http://bit.ly/14SY9zx

Mayhew Chapel and Indian Burial Ground

South Indian Hill Road West Tisbury, on Martha's Vineyard, MA, 02568 Phone: 508-627-8687

This Christiantown memorial is the site of an Indian burial ground and the Mayhew Chapel, named after Thomas Mayhew Jr., a missionary. This site is owned by the Wampanoag Tribe. Includes a wildflower sanctuary.
Hours: Open year-round.

African Meeting House in Nantucket

York and Pleasant Streets Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-4058

The Museum of African American History on Nantucket features two historic sites, the African Meeting House and the Florence Higginbotham House. These buildings were at the center of a thriving 19th-century African American community on the island.
The African Meeting House on Nantucket is the island’s most vivid reminder of a thriving 19th-century African American community. Erected in the 1820s by the African Baptist Society, it was a church, a school for African children, and a meeting house.
The Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House was built in 1774 by Seneca Boston, a weaver and formerly enslaved man whose family maintained the house until 1918. The property was owned by African-Americans for the next two centuries.
Hours: July to October, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Admission: General, $5; seniors over age 61 and youth age 13-17, $3.
Information: www.afroammuseum.org/afmnantucket.htm

1 Vestal Street Nantucket, MA, 02554 Phone: 508-228-2896

The Mitchell House (1790) is the birthplace of Maria Mitchell, America’s first woman astronomer. Tour the house with Mitchell House staff and learn about the life of Maria Mitchell, her remarkable family, and Quaker Nantucket in the 19th century. The house contains many artifacts from the Mitchell's life, such as her Dolland telescope. The Mitchell House was named as one of the Top 10 Women’s History sites in the country by USA Today.
Admission: Adults, $5; children, $4 children; passes to all Maria Mitchell Association museums: Adults, $15; Children, $10.
Hours: Mid-June-Labor Day, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Old Mill

150 Prospect Street Nantucket, MA Phone:

This wind-powered mill was built in 1746 and has been working ever since.
Hours: May 25–October 14, daily, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; tours every half hour.
Admission: Adults, $6; youth age 6-17, $3.
Information: www.nha.org/sites/oldmill.html

Unitarian Church

11 Orange Street Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-5466

Built in 1809, this church features a trompe l'oeil interior.
Hours: Open seasonally.
Admission: Free.
Information: www.unitarianchurchnantucket.org.

Flying Horses Carousel

15 Lake Avenue Oak Bluffs, on Martha's Vineyard, MA Phone:

Martha's Vineyard is home to the oldest working carousel in the U.S. The wooden horses have real stirrups.
Hours: Open during the summer months, into October.
Admission: $2 a ride
Information: http://bit.ly/nM8ChU