Edgartown Pursues Plan to Rescue Yellow House on Main Street
Sara Brown

Edgartown voters may be asked to decide this spring to spend $3 million to buy the so-called Yellow House, a run-down property on Main street owned by the Hall family.

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From Sengie to Cooke Street
Mary Jane Carpenter

I have seen many people, both residents and tourists, checking out the excavation at 37 Cooke Street.

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Mattakeset Lodge
The Vineyard Gazette

I have returned, myself and one or two more of us, as well as a number of others who are not “of us.” The first thing of course, on arriving, was to secure a good room, and I rather plume myself on having gotten one of the best in the hotel, of which, by the way, I will attempt a brief description. The building is situated on the bluff at the head of the landing, and is about 125 feet front in the whole.

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Gazette Finishes Restoration in Historic Expansion
Nis Kildegaard

The Vineyard Gazette this week completed its first major building expansion and renovation at South Summer street and Davis Lane in Edgartown, the newspaper’s home since early 1939. This Sunday, as the newspaper enters its 139th year of publishing without missing a single issue, the Gazette will open its doors to all the Vineyard community from noon to 5 p.m. for a house warming and public inspection.

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Debate Heats Up Over Edgartown Historic District Expansion
Alex Elvin

Picking up on efforts that began more than 40 years ago, Edgartown voters will decide next week whether to more than double the size of their historic district, which includes about 250 homes in the heart of the village.

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On the Front Porch of History: Old Houses Are Growing Center of Attention
Alex Elvin

Around the Island, where some towns showcase three centuries of architectural history, historic preservation is a topic for discussion and debate.

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Revolutionary War-Era Chilmark House Faces Demolition
Alex Elvin

A historic house thought to have been a British headquarters during Grey’s Raid in 1778 may soon be torn down.

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On the Cliffs in Aquinnah, History Is Alive at the Vanderhoop Homestead
Mary Jane Carpenter
Aquinnah is not the place to go looking for interesting houses without trespassing. Interesting stories, yes, but the houses visible from the road are few and far between. The exception of course is the Vanderhoop homestead.
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In a Sea of White, a Yellow House Stands Tall
Mary Jane Carpenter
The yellow house at the head of Camp street at William street is not for sale, has not been neglected and is not in need of restoration. It is that rare object: a house that has been cared for all of its long, long life.
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Listening to the Heartbeat of an Old Chilmark House
Mary Jane Carpenter

One of the more interesting houses up-Island is 231 State Road in Chilmark. It is an unusual house for Chilmark: a Queen Anne style Victorian, painted yellow, with a turret.

I don’t know of any other such houses in Chilmark, whose charm lies in its serene and lovely rolling hills, hidden houses and beaches. It is a very common type of house elsewhere in the United States, the reflection of the prosperity of the late 19th century. Prosperity that had passed Chilmark by and which it was not to achieve until well past the midpoint of the 20th century.

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