Mission

Vineyard Preservation Trust’s mission is defined by a respect for the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of Martha’s Vineyard and its people.

The landmarks we restore often have the capacity to be revived as a feature of modern island life. By responding to the needs of the community, the Trust plays a vital role in ensuring the authenticity of the island for generations to come.

Vineyard Preservation Trust is a private, not-for-profit organization supported by contributions from the public and through the management of its properties.

History

Since 1975, Vineyard Preservation Trust (formerly Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust) has acquired, preserved and managed the endangered historical landmarks of Martha’s Vineyard, restoring living institutions to their rightful place in island life and ensuring that they will remain landmarks for life.

Martha’s Vineyard is a small island with a long, rich history dating back first to the Native Americans followed by Colonial settlements in the 1600’s. As a popular summer and vacation destination for people from across the United States and the world, the pressures of development and progress have, over time, threatened the central features of this vibrant island community. The 20 irreplaceable landmarks now in the Trust’s care were badly deteriorated, and in many cases threatened by demolition, when the Trust assumed ownership and undertook their restoration and permanent care. Now saved, each of these landmarks continues to play a central role in contemporary life while preserving the authenticity and historical character of the island.

Over more than four decades, Vineyard Preservation Trust has grown from a small non-profit with one property in Edgartown to an organization responsible for the stewardship of 20 key properties in four towns, all of which are enjoyed by island residents and visitors alike. The organization’s membership is now at more than 3,000 individuals and it is estimated that members of the public visit our properties more than one million times each year.

Staff

Vineyard PreservationTrust administrative offices are located upstairs in the Dr. Daniel Fisher House at 99 Main Street in Edgartown, MA and are open year round.

Seasonal exhibit galleries and heritage center are located in The Carnegie at 58 North Water Street in Edgartown, MA.

Nevette Previd
Executive Director

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nevette@mvpreservation.org

Sandy Burt
Event & Venue Manager

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sandy@mvpreservation.org

Tammy DeGregorio
Comptroller

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tammy@mvpreservation.org

Robin Meader
Flying Horses Carousel Manager

robin@mvpreservation.org
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Michael Wexler
Public Engagement Manager

774-549-9104
wex@mvpreservation.org

Board of Trustees

John E. Klein
Chairman

Brooke R. Brown
Nancy T. Caraboolad
Deborah Crews
Mary-Kate McKenna
Victor A. Zollo, Jr.
Vice Chairs

P. Jeffrey Norton, Jr.
Treasurer

Amanda Turner Phillips
Secretary

Life Trustees
Carole M. Berger
Nancy T. Caraboolad
Alison M. Convery
Robert G. Cox
Robert C. Graham, Jr.
Michele M. Hedley
Audrey H. McCargo
Patricia A. Morgan
Louise H. Neuhoff
P. Jeffrey Norton, Jr.
Joan W. Norton
Sarah B. Rorer
Robert A. Snyder
Peter B. Van Tassel
Joyce M. Wright

Trustees
Patrick J. Ahearn
Lynn Allegaert
Deborah Barnes
R. Kelsey Biggers
Brooke R. Brown
Richard J. Canty
Dorothy F. Chaffee
Gerret C. Conover
G. Drew Conway
Deborah Crews
Harriet B. Dewey
Tana Gibson
Shirley R. Hall
Melissa M. Hedley
Sheila A. Hoerle
Alice B. Indelicato
Alvin Johnson
Gail Kittenplan
John E. Klein
Elizabeth D. MacKenty
J.B. McCall IV
Rosalee B. McCullough
Mary-Kate McKenna
Jennifer P. Mitchell
Virginia L. Mortara
John P. Murphy
Ian Murray
Shepherd P. Murray
Elizabeth R. Neuhoff
Deborah A. Nugent
Amanda Turner Phillips
Richard N. Purington
Rosalie Ripaldi Shane
Joseph E. Sollitto, Jr.
Mary B. Stanton
Margaret C. Tattersall
Twanette Tharp
Jane W. Zimmerman
Victor A. Zollo

Honorary Trustees
Scott T. Earl
Theodora A. Ellis
Nancy Morris

Employment & Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Opportunties

Are you a helpful individual who has an interest in the history of the Vineyard? Do you appreciate preservation of the historic character of the island? Enjoy meeting new people? Vineyard Preservation Trust might be a good match for you! Send us an email (info@mvpreservation.org) and let us know what you have in mind.

Reserve a property

Several of the landmarks in Vineyard Preservation Trust’s care are available to rent for weddings or performance venues. Please visit our Reserve a Property page for more information.