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Edgartown

One of New England’s most elegant com­munities, Edgartown was the Island’s first colonial settlement and it has been the county seat since 1642.

The stately white Greek Revival houses built by the whaling captains have been carefully maintained. They make the town a museum-piece community, a seaport village preserved from the early 19th century.

Main Street is a picture-book setting with its harbor and waterfront. The tall square-rigged ships that sailed all the world’s oceans have passed from the Edgartown scene, but the heritage of those vessels and their captains has continued. For the past hundred years Edgartown has been one of the world’s great yachting centers.

To view and appreciate this town fully, you must walk its streets. North Water Street has a row of captains’ houses not equaled anywhere. Study the fanlights and widows walks by day and stroll down the streets after the lamps are lit.

South Water Street is dominated by a huge pagoda tree brought from China as a seedling by Captain Thomas Milton in the early days of the last century. The house beyond it was that of Captain Valentine Pease, on whose ship Herman Melville made his only whaling voyage.

Many houses in Edgartown predate the whaling era. Most are private residences, but three notable ones are serving other needs. The Vincent House (built in 1672, the oldest known house on the Island) and the Thomas Cooke House are museums. At 34 South Summer Street, you’ll find the home built by Benjamin Smith in 1760. It is now the office of the Vineyard Gazette.

Across from the Gazette is the Federated Church, built in 1828. It still has the old box pews, which are entered through little doors and have narrow seats around three sides.

The famous Old Whaling Church with its six massive columns commands Main Street. Built in 1843 at the height of the whaling industry, the Church was given to the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust in 1980. It has been transformed into a performing arts center. Next door is the Dr. Daniel Fisher House, built three years before the Old Whaling Church.

There are excellent public beaches in the township of Edgartown. Norton’s Point, known as Katama, is a barrier beach providing surf bathing and the opportunity to explore Katama Bay on the other side of the dunes. Wasque and Cape Poge on Chappaquiddick are both unspoiled areas owned and maintained by The Trustees of Reservations. They are favorite spots for bluefish and bass fishermen. Lighthouse Beach, located off North Water Street near the town center, offers calm water and views of harbor activities. Bend-in-the-Road Beach, part of Joseph Sylvia Beach, has ample parking and is accessible by bicycle trail.

Felix Neck is about three miles outside the center of town on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. The 200 acres, owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, provide marked trails and a program of wildlife management and conservation education throughout the year.

Town Government

Fire – To report a fire dial 911
Pease’s Point Way Station: 508.627.5167
Chappaquiddick: 508.627.3470

Police
– To report an emergency dial 911
To report urgency, but no emergency dial 311
Alternate Emergency Number: 508.696.5776
Pease’s Point Way Station: 508.627.4343

70 Main Street, PO BOX 5158
Edgartown, MA 02539-5158
508.627.6100 (May 15-Oct. 15)
Office hours: 8:00 am-4:00 pm, M-F
www.edgartown-ma.us

If no direct number is listed please contact the town hall or website.

Elected Town Officers & Appointed Staff

Board of Selectmen - 508.627.6180

Board of Assessors - 508.627.6140

Board of Health - 508.627.6120

Constables

Financial Advisory Committee

Health Agent

Library Trustee - 508.627.4221

Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission

Moderator

Park Commissioners - 508.627.6145

Planning Board - 508.627.6170

School Committee

Town Administrator - 508.627.6180

Town Clerk - 508.627.6110

Asst. Town Clerk

Town Collector - 508.627.6135

Wastewater Treatment Commission - 508.627.5482

Water Commissioners - 508.627.4717

Officers Elected at Town Meetings

Measurers of Wood and Bark & Weighers of Coal

Surveyors of Lumber

Board of Selectmen Appointments

Accountant - 508.627.6125

Affordable Housing Committee - 508.627.6178

Affordable Housing Trust

Airfield Commission

Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator

Animal Control - 508.627.9611

Beautification Advisory Committee

Board of Fire Engineer

Board of Registrars

Building Inspector - 508.627.6115

By-Ways Committee

Cable Advisory Committee Representative

Capital Programs Committee

Cemetery Commissioners -508.627.3134

Census Director

Conservation Commission -508.627.6165

Council on Aging -508.627.4368

Emergency Management/Civil Defense

Fire Chief

Fire Department Ambulance Service

Fire Inspectors

Gas Inspector

Harbormaster - 508.627.4746

Highway Superintendent - 508.627.4004

Historic District Commission - 508.627.6155

Housing Authority Representative

Independence Day Committee

Inspector of Animals - 508.627.9611

Land Bank Advisory Board

Marine Advisory Committee

Martha’s Vineyard Commission Joint Transportation Committee Representative

Martha’s Vineyard Regional Transit Authority

Oil Spill First Response Team

Oyster Pond Access Committee

Parking Ticket Clerk

Personnel Board 508.627.6150

Plumbing Inspectors

Police Chief

Ponds Advisory Committee

Resident Homesite Committee

Shellfish Committee

Shellfish Constable/Marine Biologist - 508.627.6175

Sign Advisory Committee

Town Counsel

Town Hall Receptionist

Town Treasurer - 508.627.6130

Tree Warden and Superintendent of Moth Extermination

Veterans’ Agent

Water Resource Management Officer

Wire Inspectors

Zoning Board of Appeals - 508.627.6160