Historic Movies of Martha's Vineyard

One Way Home: Chappy Ferry Through the Years

From a rowboat to the barges that have had more than one iteration through the years, the Chappaquiddick ferry is an Island institution all its own.

Historic Movie Shows Oak Bluffs Through the Years

A two-minute clip of historic scenes were shot in and around Oak Bluffs by three different families between the early 1930s and early 1970s.

Historic Movie: Zeb Tilton, Last of the Schooner Men

A new short film shows rare scenes of Capt. Zeb Tilton in top hat and tails aboard his beloved cargo schooner Alice S. Wentworth.

A Different Martha's Vineyard: Fourth of July Parade 30 Years Ago

Thirty years ago this week, the Vineyard was under siege by developers. Worried that the big money was winning, a group of Islanders led by the late Michael Wild decided to take their battle public in the Fourth of July parade. Steve Ewing narrates.

Historic Clips Show Hurricane Bob in All His Fury

The Gazette presents a film clip drawn from two videotapes shot before, during and after Hurricane Bob, which struck the Vineyard 25 years ago this week.

Old Film Shows Vineyard Haven Harbor in Colorful Glory

Film footage of Vineyard Haven shot in 1933 is not only some of the earliest film shot in color on Martha’s Vineyard, but also some of the earliest color movies shot anywhere.

Historic Movies Tell Tale of the Old Martha's Vineyard

Historic Movies of Martha’s Vineyard will present a selection of film clips, some dating to the 1920s, next Wednesday at the MV Film Center.

Historic Film Clips Reveal Edgartown in 1925

Filmed in 1925, this may be the earliest motion picture footage ever shot in Edgartown. The filmmakers were Clara F. Dinsmore and her brother William, who were on a car ride through town.

Restored Film Shows 1972 Holiday Horse Races

It was Thanksgiving weekend 1972, the second year John and Kappy Hall ran a series of races with horses of wildly mismatched breeding and ages, and riders with little racing experience.

Archival Film Digs into History of Norton Point Breach

This historic footage of a home movie shot in 1932 shows villagers attempting to dig a canal by hand to open Norton Point Beach to the sea, part of a town effort to invigorate the shellfish beds at Katama Bay.