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

Homeport Construction Stopped

Construction to modify a deck at the Homeport restaurant in Menemsha was halted last week after the Chilmark building department found the new owners hadn’t secured a building permit.

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New Crane Approved for Menemsha Dock

The Martha's Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust got a provisional go-ahead to build out new infrastructure at the Menemsha commercial dock this week.

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Chilmark Seeks Solutions for Menemsha Traffic

It’s only February but Chilmark residents, business owners and officials are already looking for ways to ease Menemsha’s summer traffic.

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Meet the Fleet Event Builds Camraderie and Awareness

In Menemsha last Thursday the Martha's Vineyard Fishermen's Preservation Trust hosted its annual Meet the Fleet event.

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Chilmark Moves Ahead on Dock Project, Has Questions on Affordable Housing

The Chilmark select board is mulling how to put up its portion of the funds for Menemsha commercial dock improvements, has questions on an affordable housing project, and approved a three-year contract for the fire chief.

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Home Port Restaurant Has New Owners

Home Port Restaurant owners Bob and Sarah Nixon this week announced the sale of the Menemsha mainstay to Boston restaurateur Seth Woods and his business partner Eric Berke, both seasonal residents of Aquinnah. The sale price is nearly $2.6 million.

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Keeping the Eastman Spirit Alive

On Saturday evening at sunset artist Carissa Carman will create a temporary art installation on Menemsha Beach, using the sand and the few bits of material she has brought with her from Indiana.

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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

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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