Waterfront History

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Waterfront History

Martha’s Vineyard Waterfront History

Before it was Edgartown, it was Great Harbour, named for the sprawling deep-water refuge sandwiched between Martha’s Vineyard and Chappaquiddick. Over more than four centuries, Edgartown has been a center of inshore and offshore fishing, a whaling port, and a mecca for recreational sailors in boats large and small. The Vineyard’s last whaling ships set sail from its wharfs, its last catboat fishermen did business from its shores, and an ambitious chemist from the Cape made pearls from the byproducts of its herring fishery. Join MVM research librarian Bow Van Riper for a look at the four-century history of Edgartown’s waterfront.

MVM Members: $15; Non-Members: $25.

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June 10, 2024 05:00 PM

End Date

June 10, 2024 06:00 PM

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