Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Company
Vineyard Gazette
We call attention to the interesting letter from the Harford Times, which we print to-day. This enterprising Company have already had a further survey of their grounds, and laid out a large number of new lots for cottages. The Company supposed they had enough lots staked out to supply the market for several years, but the demand has been so great, a new supply needed.
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A Fond Adieu to Darling’s of Oak Bluffs Where Popcorn Was Pure Island Magic
Phyllis Meras
I heard this week that there will be no more Darling’s, the old popcorn store, in Oak Bluffs this summer or any other summer. Murdick’s Fudge Kitchen of Mackinac Island, Michigan, will take its place.
 
I have nothing against Murdick’s Fudge Kitchen. It has been selling fudge in Edgartown for four years now, and I’ve enjoyed it, and my sister in law, who has a house at East Chop, smacked her lips when she heard the news and said: “Now there’s fudge!”
 
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Echoes of History: an Elegy for the Denniston House
Elaine Cawley Weintraub

The Bradley Memorial, the first African American church on the Vineyard, was demolished last week.

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The Early Days of the Chapel on the Bluffs
Mabel Gillespie
The story of the building of Union Chapel just 100 years ago was told in the Invitation edition of the Gazette. Never in recorded history has there been so much change during a century as has occurred during the existence of this chapel.
 
During the eventful year of 1871 there had been bi-centennial celebrations for both Edgartown and Tisbury, a new post office had been established on the Methodist camp ground, and a new steamboat - the first Martha’s Vineyard - plied the sounds. Also, in that year, the Vineyard Gazette celebrated its first quarter century.
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Oak Bluffs Cottagers' Tour Is Front Porch to History
David Lott

Who needs the History Channel when you’ve got the Cottagers’ 34th Annual House Tour? This year’s event takes place Thursday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Land and Wharf Company
Vineyard Gazette

The Land and Wharf Company here given their grounds the unique and taking name of “Oak Bluffs,” upon which they offer a thousand lots for sale. The have now completed the most substantial and convenient wharf that could have been erected in this vicinity, within forty rods of the Camp-ground proper.

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Oak Bluffs Camp Ground Makes Register
Vineyard Gazette
The Camp Ground at Oak Bluffs is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Michael J. Connolly, secretary of state for the Commonwealth and the new chairman of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, made the news public.
 
The Camp Ground, Mr. Connolly said, is an area “unique in the nation for its architecture, remarkable state of preservation and as the best example of a nineteenth century religious retreat.
 
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Wesleyan Grove
Vineyard Gazette
Mr. Marchant, - I seize a few moments in the midst of other cares to drop you a line respecting the progress of our Camp Meeting Arriving here on Monday, I found the verbal reports which had from time to time reached us to the effect that great additions had been made to the internal arrangements, and great accessions to the number of tents, was indeed true. The changes last year were matters of perfect surprise, as well as admiration. Those of the present year, in some portions of the suburbs - to say nothing of the city proper - are far in advance of anything which could have expected.
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Hundred Years of the Camp Meeting History Filled with Countless Episodes
Vineyard Gazette
The hundred years of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting are filled with countless episodes which link the Island with the great figures or great events of other periods; or reflect in some colorful way the atmosphere and manners of the times; or supply in their own right some flavorsome item of history.
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Smithsonian Exhibit Gives Pride of Place to Oak Bluffs
Steve Myrick
The Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of African American Culture and History documents the story of the African American community in Oak Bluffs.
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