Martha’s Vineyard: : A History



Martha’s Vineyard is cherished by many as a summer paradise, but few know of its rich past. Descendants of the first Native American inhabitants still reside on the Vineyard. Once a critical whaling hub, the island’s success drew in newcomers from around the world. Following the Civil War, land developers set their sights on attracting tourists to the island’s scenic beaches, and soon thereafter, a visit from President Grant established Martha’s Vineyard as a vacation haven. From a movement to secede from Massachusetts to the making of the summer blockbuster Jaws, author Thomas Dresser weaves together the threads of the Vineyard’s fascinating history. Discover how this remarkable island adapted to the times and came to be one of the most sought-out vacation destinations on the East Coast.

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