Chilmark is a town of rolling hills and unmatched coastline. Not so long ago uninhabited except for an occasional farm or fishing village, it now provides the setting for many a summer home.
The stone fences of the sheep farms still ribbon the hills, while the old stone animal pound stands on the South Road, a reminder of the days when a gate left open resulted in a roaming flock and a fine for its owner.
The center of Chilmark boasts a lovely church. The unique pointed steeple was added when the building was moved in 1915 from its original site on Middle Road.
All roads from the center at Beetlebung Corner lead to points of beauty. Middle Road, perhaps the most pastoral of island roads, provides a lovely view of a placid farm with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop.
The Menemsha Crossroad joins North Road and takes one to the fishing village once known as Menemsha Creek. Here the draggers still come in with their great nets and the lobstermen land their catches. Seafood may be purchased on the spot. Lovely private vessels lie along the docks while yachtsmen take on fresh water and supplies. A safe public bathing beach is another attraction. Menemsha is also the home of a Coast Guard station.
Before the days when the Coast Guard looked out for shipwrecked vessels, Vineyarders took it upon themselves to form volunteer groups that provided assistance to sailors in times of need. Open dories were launched into the stormy seas from Squibnocket Landing, the only beach on the South Shore shallow enough for a boat to be launched or landed in heavy weather. It is now a beach for year-round and summer Chilmark residents.
Fire – To report a fire dial 911
Crossroad Station: 508.645.2550
North Road Station: 508.645.2207
Police – To report an emergency dial 911
To report urgency, but no emergency dial 311
Alternate Emergency Number: 508.696.5776
Station: 508.645.3310 Fax: 508.645.3101
If no direct number is listed please contact the town hall or website.
Chilmark Town Hall
Elected Town Officers
Beach Department - 508.645.2100 x 2133
Beach Manager - 508.645.2100 x 2137
Board of Assessors - 508.645.2102
Board of Health - 508.645.2105
Board of Selectmen - 508.645.2101
Community Preservation - 508.645.2114
Conservation Officer - 508.645.2100 x 2149
Finance Advisory Committee
Harbor Master Shack, Menemsha - 508-645-2846 (seasonal)
Land Bank Commission Member
Martha’s Vineyard Commission Member (Elected)
Planning Board - 508.645.2104
Shellfish Propagation Agent - 508.645.2100 x 2145
Site Review Committee
Site Review - 508.645.2114
Surveyor of Wood, Lumber & Bark
Up-Island Regional School Committee
Appointed Town Officers
Building Inspector - 508.645.2103
Collector of Taxes -508.645.2108
Community Center Advisory Committee
Community Preservation Committee
Conservation Commission -508.645.2114
Council on Aging -508.693.2896
Harbor Advisory Committee
Harbormaster/Wharfinger -508.645.2100 x 2846
Highway Department - 508.645.2100 x 2134
Housing Committee - 508.645.2104
Land Bank Advisory Committee
Martha’s Vineyard Commission
Martha’s Vineyard Regional Transit Authority Appointee
Park & Recreation Committee
Police Chief - 508.645.3310
Shellfish Department - 508.645.2100 ext 2145
Up-Island Council On Aging
Zoning Board of Appeals - 508.645.2114
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