The small fishing village of Menemsha is part of Chilmark, but also a world unto itself. Here, multi-generational fleets are devoted to what lies just beyond the shore. Those not employed on the high seas seek their own catches of sorts from the fish markets, restaurants, and small shops. During the busy summer months crowds flock to the public beach for the famous sunsets.

 

Menemsha in the News

Harpooning Swordfish: A Lost Local Tradition?

Baiting the Hook for New Fish Business, Owner Is Good Catch

Menemsha Dock Plan Set for a Vote

Dock Destroyed in Fire Rebuilt, Fishing Village Honors Success

Chaos in Menemsha as Fire Destroys Coast Guard Boathouse

Come on Up and Meet the Fleet

The fifth annual Meet the Fleet festival will be held at the Menemsha Docks on Thursday, August 1 from 3 to 7 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Fisherman’s Preservation Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the Island’s fishing fleets.

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Dressed for Success at the Home Port
Jane Slater
It was 1945, the war was over and new people had bought the Home Port restaurant in Menemsha and planned to reopen it for the coming summer.
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Missing Menemsha Market
Great coffee, irresistible pastries, the perfect perch for people watching — all thrown together with my favorite water view.
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Town Prevails in Long-Running Case Over Fish Shack
Noah Asimow

The town of Aquinnah has prevailed in a U.S. District Court case regarding its right to lease an old Menemsha fishing shack.

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Protracted Legal Dispute Over Fishing Shack Nears an End
Noah Asimow

A longstanding heated legal dispute over a small fishing shack in Menemsha came to the fore at the Aquinnah selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday.

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Chilmark New To Market
Conroy & Company Real Estate

Close to Menemsha, a private coveted area with nature trails through lichen covered meadows leads you to this must see home on 3 acres with panoramic water views. Gleaming wood floors, beautifully tiled kitchen and bathrooms, Light an airy bedrooms, a welcoming entry and charming living room all situated on one level which opens to the expansive 1,200 sq ft wrap-around deck. A wall of sliding glass doors showcases the brilliant blue of the Vineyard Sound, Lobsterville beach and surrounding fields with old stone walls. Exclusive $2,200,000

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Simply Stunning
Hancock Real Estate

Contemporary residence, designed with care and respect for the surroundings. Superb quality is apparent throughout this home, affectionately known as "Three Barn Farm", carefully nestled into the landscape 150 feet from Vineyard Sound and your private waterfront. Extraordinary views include Gay Head Lighthouse, Dogfish Bar, the Elizabeth Islands and beyond. Magnificent Menemsha sunsets are yours to enjoy from this exclusive private enclave on Martha's Vineyard. A scenic and lovely walk to Menemsha. A must see for the discerning buyer. Exclusively Offered at $ 7,350,000.

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Clam Point Cove
Tea Lane Associates

This antique farmhouse is perched on a hill with expansive water views overlooking Quitsa and Menemsha Ponds. Offered with the abutting buildable waterfront lot, this is a rare opportunity. Six wonderful acres with old stone walls and expansive grounds. Beautiful views from the abutting lot as well as from the farmhouse. Please inquire if you are interested in purchasing either of the lots separately. Both will have walking access to Quitsa Pond. The waterfront lot was perked this winter and is approved by the Board of Health for 6 bedrooms.

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Chef Josh Aronie Returns to a Familiar Port
Sydney Bender

Josh Aronie started his career at the Home Port restaurant in Menemsha, where he parlayed his job as a window washer into a gig as a prep cook. Three decades of restaurant experience later, he is returning to the restaurant this year as the chef.

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Island Dinner Series
For the months of October and November the Beach Plum Inn is offering an Island Dinner Series, which translates to a special meal featuring a menu sourced from different farms every Thursday night.
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