After more than a year pursuing a state license, a small treatment center on Penikese island is preparing to open its doors. The newly-licensed Penikese, a program for adolescent boys with substance abuse and mental health issues, expects to open June 23.
After months of waiting to receive state licensing to operate on Penikese Island, a treatment center for adolescent boys with substance abuse and mental health issues will move temporarily to New Hampshire.
If you believe that Chilmark Store pizza costs more per square inch than Chilmark real estate, then it shouldn’t be hard to make the leap to the premise that inch for inch, the 75 acres that make up Penikese island have more history than any other place of its size in the country.
Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from Holly Mascot Nadler’s latest book, Vineyard Supernatural, True Ghost Stories from America’s Most Haunted Island. Because the Vineyard and its smaller Island neighbors are rich in both history and hauntings, the spirit of Halloween is unusually potent here. So while out celebrating with friends and family this night, it might be a good idea to remember what they say on Penikese: “You gotta respect the ghosts.”