The Vineyard Preservation Trust approached West Tisbury officials last week to talk about putting a finished basement in the historic Grange Hall.

A dispute over events held at the Vineyard Preservation Trust’s Grange Hall ended Thursday when the West Tisbury zoning board of appeals granted a special permit to the nonprofit.

West Tisbury officials previously raised concerns over the frequency of events held at the hall, resulting in a lawsuit between the town and the Vineyard Preservation Trust.


Vineyard Preservation Trust opened the doors of the historic Grange Hall to the public Wednesday evening for what it called a “listening session” to solicit thoughts about future programming.

The Grange Hall was built by the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society in 1859 and used for 137 years for the annual Agricultural Fair and Livestock Show.

A West Tisbury woman's quest to auction off her late husband's fishing gear became tangled in an ongoing dispute between the town and the Vineyard Preservation Trust.