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Best Landmarks in Martha's Vineyard

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Vineyard Haven Harbor

Located to the west of Tisbury town in the Vineyard Haven; the Vineyard Haven Harbor is a site where thousands of tourists flock every year to witness the grand events of The Vineyard Cup Race & Seafaring Festival Weekend. Though not very safe for swimming but a prime spot for fun activities like sailing, windsurfing and a lot more, the Vineyard Haven Harbor is a must-visit for those visiting Martha's Vineyard.

Vineyard Haven, MA, United States
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Vincent House Museum

Experience three centuries of island life in this unique museum. The house was built in 1672 and is considered to be the oldest dwelling on Martha's Vineyard. With its wide floorboards built low to the ground and central chimney, it is a perfect example of classic full-Cape architecture. It was moved to its present location and restored in 1977. Several walls have been left open to demonstrate early colonial building techniques. Five rooms are furnished in the evolving styles of home decor; from the basic necessities of the first settlers to the more opulent Federal look from the 19th century.

Edgartown, MA, United States
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Old Whaling Church

The Old Whaling Church, named as such because it was built by whaling captains in 1843, is the perfect location for a vineyard wedding. With spectacular views and Greek revival architecture, the Old Whaling Church is a sight to be seen. This old Edgartown gem can accommodate up to 500 guests in the main church and 150 guests in the lower level Frederick Baylies Room.

Edgartown, MA, United States
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East Chop Light

The lighthouse, on the bluffs near the historic town of Oak Bluffs, has been standing since the 1800s. The present tower, standing at 40 feet tall, was constructed in 1875, but the original dwellings and outbuildings have since been demolished. The gleaming white tower was painted a deep, chocolate brown in the past. The flashing green light serves as a marker for the U.S. Coast Guard. The grounds are open to the public and the interior is occasionally open for tours. It is presently operated by the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society.

Oak Bluffs, MA, United States
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West Chop Lighthouse

The original lighthouse was constructed at this location in 1817, but a new tower and dwelling were built in the late 1800s. The light is located in historic Tisbury, at the west entrance of the Vineyard Haven Harbor. Unfortunately, the grounds are privately owned and are not open to the public. However, the tower and light may be seen from the road. The lantern's red panel, when flashing red, serves as a warning that a boat is headed for danger.

Tisbury, MA, United States
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Nobska Point Light Station

The Nobska Light is a charming lighthouse in Cape Cod. The history of this landmark is written on a board that helps visitors learn more about its history. The lighthouse was originally constructed in 1826, though the one that is currently standing was erected in 1876. The brick-lined interior and the stunning spiral stairway adds to the beauty of this light. Gorgeous views of the surrounding islands from the top make the steep climb worth it.

Falmouth, MA, United States
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