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African American Heritage Trail

To order a free Visitor’s Guide, and for direct connections to all attractions, accommodations, restaurants and businesses, please visit our website at: www.mvy.com


Day 1

African American History Tour 
508.693.8714
Tour Season: May through October, 90 minutes
Learn about the people, places and events in the evolution of the African American presence on Martha’s Vineyard from the early 1700s to the present through this guided tour of 12 historical sites

Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Tours 
508.627.8687
On-line: www.mvtour.com
Year-Round, Island-wide bus tour, 2.5 hours Guided tour of the entire Island, with specific trips available to the clay cliffs at Gay Head in Aquinnah, the whaling captains’ homes in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven


Day 2

African-American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard 
508.693.4361
The African-American Heritage Trail is a series of sites dedicated to telling the story of the African-American experience on Martha's Vineyard and the contributions made by people of color to the history of this Island. The Trail covers pre-revolutionary America, the years before the civil war, the involvement of the Wampanoag tribe, African-American whaling captain William A. Martin and the political and cultural leaders who made their home here in the 20th and 21st centuries. Narrated tours are available from May to September including a short tour of Oak Bluffs sites and a longer one of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven sites. Customized tours available through arrangement. Call to arrange a tour.

Gingerbread Cottages 
508.693.0525
Founded by the Methodist church in 1835, this site served as the location for annual summer camp meetings, this group of more than 300 unique and quaint cottages surrounding the Tabernacle are not to be missed.

Lighthouse Tours
Martha’s Vineyard Museum 
508.627.4441
The Gay Head and East Chop lighthouses are open for sunset tours from late June to mid-September

The Flying Horses Carousel 
508.693.9481
America’s oldest continuously operating carousel and a national landmark.


Alternative Suggestions

Art Galleries

The Arts District, Dukes County Ave, Oak Bluffs, including:
The Dragonfly Gallery
91 Dukes County Ave
508.693.8877
On-line: www.mvdragonfly.com

Featherstone Center for the Arts
Barnes Road, Oak Bluffs 
508. 693.1850
On-line: www.featherstonearts.org

The Field Gallery & Sculpture Garden
State Road, West Tisbury 
508.693.5595

The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn
636 Old County Road, West Tisbury 
508.693.0455
On-line: www.granarygallery.com


Cultural Attractions

The Aquinnah Cultural Center 
508.645.9265
On-line: www.wampanoagtribe.net
Cultural Center for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head

The Farm Institute
14 Aero Ave, Edgartown 
508.627.7007

The Tall Ships The Black Dog, Beach Road, Vineyard Haven 
508.693.1699
On-line: www.blackdogtallships.com

The Vineyard Playhouse 
508.693.6450
On-line: www.vineyardplayhouse.org
Live theatrical performances set throughout the summer and autumn months


Recreational Activities: A selection if recreational activities Are available on our website: www.mvy.com

Historic Walking Tours are available in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven

Bicycle Rentals are available in Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and Edgartown. The Island has 33 miles of formal bike trails, and additional roads that are safe for adults to cycle.

Boating and fishing charters are available spring – Fall


Kayaking
Island Spirit Kayak
Oak Bluffs 
508.693.9727
On-line: www.islandsspirit.com

Windsurfing
Wind's Up!
Vineyard Haven 
508.693.4252
On-line: www.windsupmv.com