Mission

For more than 45 years, VPT has acquired, preserved, and managed landmark properties that embody the essential character o the island and play a central role in contemporary life. The 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 goal is to be reimagined as a feature of modern island life. By responding to the community, VPT plays a vital role in ensuring the island’s authenticity for generations to come.

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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 iconic, 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 Preservation Trust 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

508-627-4440 x 115
nevette@mvpreservation.org

Weezie O’Brien
Administrative Director

508-627-4440 x113
weezie@mvpreservation.org

Sandy Burt
Event & Venue Manager

508-627-4440 x 116
sandy@mvpreservation.org

Tammy DeGregorio
Comptroller

508-627-4440 x 110
tammy@mvpreservation.org

Rachel Hines
Manager & Programming: The Carnegie

508-627-4440
Rachel@mvpreservation.org

Sissy Biggers
Community Engagement Manager: The Carnegie

774-549-9107

sissy@mvpreservation.org

Jamie Meader
Flying Horses Carousel Manager

508-693-9481
jamie@mvpreservation.org

Board of Trustees

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CHAIRMAN

John E. Klein

VICE CHAIRMEN

Brooke R Brown

Nancy T. Caraboolad

Deborah Crews

J.B. McCall IV

Mary-Kate McKenna

Victor Zollo

SECRETARY

Amanda T. Phillips

EXECUTIVE-DIRECTOR

Nevette Previd

EMERITUS

Carole M. Berger

Alison M. Convery

Robert G. Cox

Robert C. Graham, Jr.

Michele M. Hedley

Sarah B. Rorer

Robert A. Snyder

TRUSTEES

Patrick J. Ahearn

Lynn Allegaert

Deborah Barnes

Kelsey Biggers

Richard J. Canty

Gerret C. Conover

Drew Conway

Harriet B. Dewey

Tana Gibson

Shirley R. Hall

Melissa M. Hedley

Sheila A. Hoerle

Alice B. Indelicato

Alvin Johnson                                  

Gail Kittenplan

Elizabeth D. MacKenty

Jennifer P. Mitchell

Virginia L. Mortara

John P. Murphy

Ian Murray

Shep Murray

Elizabeth R. Neuhoff

Deborah A. Nugent

Richard N. Purington

Rosalie Ripaldi Shane

Joseph E. Sollitto, Jr.

Mary B. Stanton

Margaret C. Tattersall

Twanette Tharp

HONORARY TRUSTEES

Audrey H. McCargo

Dorothy F. Chaffee

Scott T. Earl

Theodora A. Ellis                   

Patricia Morgan

Nancy Morris

Joan W. Norton

Jeffrey Norton

Joyce M. Wright

Jane W. Zimmerman

 

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.