Arts + Culture

Enjoy These Historic Tours in Edgartown

Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard is full of history and interesting architecture, and historic tours in Edgartown are the best way to learn and see the sights at the same time. Guests of our boutique Martha's Vineyard hotels love the mix of historic homes and seaside attractions in historic Edgartown. These three historic tours in Edgartown are a great way to gain a deeper understanding of what makes this island community such a wonderful place to live and visit.

Edgartown Historic House Tour | 508-627-4440

Two tours are offered by the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust—one of several historic properties and one of the Edgartown harbor. The Architectural Walking Tour is a 90-minute tour that tours several historic Edgartown properties: the John Coffin House, the Village Green, the Vincent House of 1672, the Dr. Daniel Fisher House, and the Old Whaling Church. The guided Edgartown Harbor tour is 45 minutes long and offers a look into the whaling and maritime histories of Edgartown.

African-American Heritage Trail | (508) 693-4361

This trail is composed of thirty sites throughout the island that mark a significant contribution by African-Americans to the island's history. Half day tours of the entire trail are available or shorter ones in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. Learn about the contributions of people of color to the whaling industry, the civil rights movement, and the history of black churches on the island in this fascinating cultural and historic tour in Edgartown.

Gingerbread House Tour | 80 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs | (508) 693-0525

Tour the island's famous ornately decorated cottages with the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association. A preserved campground once used for religious "camp" meetings in the 1800s, these gingerbread houses attract many visitors. Learn about the history of these historic homes, as well as the owners' efforts to preserve them. These tours are offered in July and August and last about an hour and a half.