Court House Road a Historic Way Worthy of the Name
Jospeh C. Allen
Gifford’s Store, as most persons of mature age would call it, still stands on the West Tisbury-Edgartown road, which highway developed from the ancient Mill Path, whereby Edgartown settlers walked or rode to the mill on the Mill River, to have their corn ground.
 
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“King’s Highway” Is Known Only to Few
Vineyard Gazette
Not many Vineyarders have heard of the “King’s Highway” or know that any such road exists on the Island. King’s Highway, or “Hie” Way, as it was in the beginning, is, according to tradition, the old road between West Tisbury and Quitsa. It is approximately halfway between the South and Middle Roads and parallels the two from the vicinity of the West Thibury-Chilmark line to a point not far distant from Beetlebung Corner, following the line of Ridge Hill and crossing the Guerin and Henry Allen estates.
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Roads Less Traveled: Panel Discusses West Tisbury Ancient Ways
Heather Hamacek

On Saturday the West Tisbury byways committee will present a brief history of the old dirt paths and cart tracks that today are protected special ways within the town. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the town library.

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Old Coach Road in West Tisbury Protected as Ancient Way
Olivia Hull

A historic mail route in West Tisbury has been set aside for special protection from future development. The Martha’s Vineyard Commission late last week agreed to add Old Coach Road to a growing group of historic Island footpaths protected under the special ways critical planning district.

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Commission Takes Steps to Protect Historic West Tisbury Roads
Olivia Hull

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has taken steps to preserve the historic character of several West Tisbury roadways. Commissioners voted to designate Pine Hill, Red Coat Hill, Mott’s Hill and Shubael Weeks roads as special ways, affording them protections against future development.

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Protecting Ancient Ways

The recent decision by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals acknowledging the rights of the town of Edgartown and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to restrict development on their ancient roadways gives credence to the residents of the Island who believe in preservation.

Protecting these old roads does much to retain the character of the Island, just as preserving historic buildings, retaining engaging vistas or saving unique parcels of land from development.

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Appeals Court Backs Town's Right to Protect Ancient Ways
Jane Seagrave
The town of Edgartown and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission won a major land use victory this week when the Massachusetts Court of Appeals ruled that they have wide latitude to restrict development on ancient ways. The ruling overturns an earlier superior court decision in the Hall family case against the town.
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Superior Court Judge Hears Arguments In Ancient Way Tree-Cutting Dispute
Mike Seccombe

Middle Line Road is not much of a road. But it’s a heck of a legal problem, as quickly became evident when the controversy over its 270-year history and uncertainty over its future use landed in the Dukes County superior court in Edgartown this week.

The essence of the case is simple enough.

The Hall family, which owns land alongside the road, wants to improve it. To that end, they engaged contractors to cut trees and widen it.

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Movement Begins to Appoint Wardens to Patrol Neglected Ancient Byways
Mark Alan Lovewell

In the weeks ahead, a group of Edgartown residents plans to take a new step to preserve and protect the town's ancient ways and roads.

As many as 30 volunteers will be sworn in by the town as byway wardens. Their mission will be to keep an eye out for illegal dumping and misuse.

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Tree Cutting on Byways Angers Town, Neighbors
Mike Seccombe

The latest round in a dispute pitting a landowner’s right of access against conservation values played out like a game of cat and mouse in town hall, the courts and the woods of Edgartown last week.

It began a little before 10 a.m. on Friday morning, when Paul Elliott, the president of the Edgartown Meadows Road Association, found workmen cutting down trees along Middle Line Road.

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