Since my previous post on Martha’s Vineyard was getting fairly lengthy, I decided to split it up into two sections. You can read part 1 here. Following our adventure at the Gay Head Lighthouse, we made our way back across the island to Edgartown. There we transferred buses to reach Oak Bluffs which is located on the northeast part of the island. The history of this area is a unique one. In the 1830s Methodist congregations from across New England would organize and hold summer revival meetings in the outlying woods. This began the early tradition of “camp-meetings”. They began to extend their summer visits, and the Methodists began to make more permanent plots for their tents. This later translated into the construction of colourful cottages around the central Tabernacle. Today, approximately 300 cottages proudly display the “gingerbread” scrollwork and bold paintwork. The cottages in the area display the Island’s only truly original architectural style. This style is known as Campground Gothic Revival. As we walked through the area, it was eerily quiet. There were hardly any people in the area. The whimsy of the houses seemed to contrast sharply with the silence. I’m curious to know how many people remain in these cottages year-round. It seems to me that they would get tired of people constantly walking around their neighbourhoods taking photos.
As the day was drawing to a close and the sun neared the horizon, we stopped for supper at a restaurant located right on the water. Let’s just say that the setting was more beautiful than the food we partook. Our journey’s end brought us full circle back to the ferry terminal. We departed just as the sun was setting. It was a perfect end to our day of exploration and discovery.