The Vineyard Communities
Welcome to Martha's Vineyard!
The Vineyard is composed of six towns, each with its own unique flavor. Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown compose the "down-island" towns. The "up-island" towns are West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah. Click on the links below to learn more about the individual towns.
One of the up-island towns, Aquinnah is home to the breath-taking clay cliffs and beautiful beaches. Formerly known as Gay Head, Aquinnah's name change became official in 1998.
The town of Aquinnah does not currently have a website. For more information about the town, you can contact the Aquinnah town hall at 508-645-2300.
An up-island town with rolling hills and numerous conservation properties, Chilmark is renown for its privacy, pristine beaches and chocolates.
"One of New Englands most elegant communities, Edgartown was the Island's first colonial settlement and it has been the county seat since 1642. . ."
One of the three down-island towns, Oak Bluffs is known for its diversity and history. It is home of the historic Campground gingerbread cottages and Flying Horses the oldest continuously operating carousel in the country. Its tranquil, sandy,public beaches are the top choice of people with young children. Circuit Avenue provides a multitude of restaurants, ice cream parlors, shops, and night life options.
Tisbury (Vineyard Haven)
One of three down-island towns, Vineyard Haven (aka Tisbury) is primarily a year-round community known for its beautiful harbor, Main Street shopping district, and quality restaurants.
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
"The ancestors of Wampanoag people have lived for at least 10,000 years at Aquinnah (Gay Head) and throughout the island of Noepe (Martha's Vineyard), pursuing a traditional economy based on fishing and agriculture. . .The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) became a federally acknowledged tribe in 1987 through a Congressional Act (Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Inc. Indian Claims Settlement Act - PL 100-95)."
An up-island town, West Tisbury is home to many acres of State Forest, scenic beaches, and rich farm land. West Tisbury continues to retain much of the rural atmosphere and neighborly sense of community that are important parts of its history.