Edgartown a "down Island town" is located about 6 miles southeast of Oak Bluffs and 9 miles southeast of Vineyard Haven (the other "down Island towns"). The Vineyard First Governor Thomas Mayhew landed in Edgartown in 1642 the town was officially named in 1651. First called Great Harbor, it was renamed for political reasons about 30 years later after the young son of the Duke of York. Edgartown has many historic buildings lining the streets of the downtown area.
The Old Whaling Church was built in 1843 as a Methodist Church, it is now used as a performing arts center and also holds the occasional town meeting. Right next door is the Daniel Fisher House built in 1840 and just around the corner is the Island's oldest dwelling the 1672 Vincent House.
Edgartown's famous South Beach is over 3 miles of barrier beach on the Island's South Shore. This public beach with free parking is one of the town's many Jewels.
The Edgartown Harbor is a busy port for many boaters, known for working skiffs docking alongside multi million dollar yachts.
Come take a stroll past the rose gardens and white pickets fences along the downtown village or shop in the various boutiques. Whatever you fancy you will find it in Edgartown.