Thursday, November 21, 2013

Martha's Vineyard

Welcome to Martha's Vineyard!

Hope you enjoy these pictures. They were taken the summer of 2013.Martha's Vineyard is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It is known for being a hot vacation spot during the summer and is filled with Victorian style Bed & Breakfasts. It includes the smaller Chappaquiddick Island.

To get to Martha's Vineyard you have to take a ferry.

Enjoying the views from the ferry.

Houses on Martha's Vineyard

View from Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfasts are mostly cottages all done in the shabby chic vintage style.

Rooms overlook the ocean.

Park with Victorian houses on Martha's Vineyard overlooking the ocean.

Front Porch in Martha's Vineyard

Bridge on Martha's Vineyard that tourists jump off into the ocean.

Chappaquiddick Island

While you are at Martha's Vineyard, don't forget to take the tour of Chappy Island! Short for Chappaquiddick Island, this little island is a must see. 

Rare birds on Chappaquidick Island

More rare birds.

The bush on the center right attracts hundreds of birds. Noone is sure why. The dots in the sky are the birds scattering away when we pulled up. 

Cape Poge Light House on Chappaquidick Island 

What is left of a fireplace chimney. The rest of the original house has has collapsed due to erosion and eroded away.

Part of the remnants of the original Light House left behind on Chappy Island.

Cape Poge Light House staircase.

Did You Know?

Cape Poge Light, is at the northeast tip of Chappy Island.

At least four towers were built on Cape Poge, with many moves. In 1801 the first 35-foot wooden Cape Poge Lighthouse was built for $2,000. During the War of 1812 the light was shut off for a couple months and its apparatus was hidden in the cellar of a Chappaquiddick house. This first lighthouse was moved in 1825 and then again in 1838 due to an erosion

In 1844 a new tower was built for $1,600. But unfortunately, in 1878 it was reported that the keeper's house would probably "fall into the sea within two years." A third lighthouse was therefore built in 1880.

Then in 1893 the one that stands now, a 35-foot, white wood tower was built, 40 feet inland from the prior one. The current tower has been moved four times, in 1907, 1922, 1960, and in 1987.

The current light is a 12-inch solar powered beacon that flashes white every 6 seconds and is visible for 9 nautical miles. 

The Cape Poge Lighthouse can be seen in the final two shots in the film "Jaws," off to the right as Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss swim back to shore.

Lots of rare birds migrate to Chappy Island. Tour guides will point them out.

Did You Know?

Chappaquidick Island became internationally recognized when the car of U.S. Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy accidentally drove off the island's Dike Bridge, which fatally trapped his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, inside on  July 18,1969.

The name Chappaquiddick comes from an Indian word "cheppiaquidne" meaning "separated island", so named because this island is separated from Martha's Vineyard by a narrow strait or gut.
Up until 2007, Martha's Vineyard and Chappaquiddick were connected by Norton Point Beach. This beach was a narrow, 2 milestrip which would occasionally become temporarily breached by the weather. In April 2007, an unusually strong storm breached the beach and the 2 islands were permanantly separated by a 300-yard channel. Now to get to Chappy Island from Martha's Vineyard you have to take a small ferry.

Chappy Island has just 1 business, a general store and an automobile mechanic's garage, which is only open in the summer.

Video of ferry leaving Chappy Island arriving back to Martha's Vineyard.

Gay Head Light

Gay Head Light is an historic Martha's Vineyard lighthouse on the island's westernmost point off of Lighthouse Road in Aquinnah, Massachusetts. It was the first Light House built in 1796.  

View from Gayhead Light House on Martha's Vineyard.

This is the view looking down from Gayhead Light on Martha's Vineyard. Many don't know this actually overlooks a "nude beach."

Red Clay Cliffs on Aquinnah, Ma

Nude Beach by Gay Head Light House in Aquinnah Ma

Aquinnah Beach has beautifully colorful red rocks.


Menemsha is a small fishing village located in the town of Chilmark on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

It is a beautiful beach with rocks that jut out into the ocean. Every night people gather to watch the colorful calming sunsets. 

People fishing off the rocks at Menemsha.

Watching the sunset in Menemsha.

A fisherman at sunset at Menemsha.

Everyone getting ready for the breathtaking sunset at Menemsha.

I hope you enjoyed this post about Martha's Vineyard. Please if you get a chance to go visit, it is so worth it. 

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