Mission

How would the Island be if historic landmarks like Old Whaling Church, The Flying Horses, and the Grange Hall were not there?

Forty-eight years ago, leaders in our community saved downtown Edgartown from becoming a parking lot. This pivotal moment marked the genesis of an ongoing commitment to safeguard historically significant sites. Today, the Vineyard Preservation Trust is your guardian entrusted with preserving and managing a cherished collection of iconic properties. These properties, integral to the rich culture and narrative of life on Martha’s Vineyard, continue to thrive under our devoted care.

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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.

Tours, exhibit galleries, and heritage center are located in The Carnegie Heritage Center at 58 North Water Street in Edgartown, MA. Call 774-549-9107 to reach The Carnegie directly.

Nevette Previd
Executive Director

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

Gretta Hehre
Office Manager

508-627-4440 x114
gretta@mvpreservation.org

Sandy Burt
Venue and Event Director

508-627-4440 x116
sandy@mvpreservation.org

Julie Hatt
Events & Cultivation Manager

508-627-4440 x 120
julie@mvpreservation.org

Tammy DeGregorio
Finance Director & HR Coordinator

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

Sissy Biggers
Programs & Tour Director: The Carnegie

774-549-9107
sissy@mvpreservation.org

Jaime Hiltz
Flying Horses Carousel Manager

508-693-9481 (in-season phone)
jaime@mvpreservation.org

Board of Trustees

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CHAIRMAN

J.B. McCall IV

VICE CHAIRS

Brooke R. Brown

Nancy T. Caraboolad

Deborah Crews

Joseph Sollitto, Jr

William H. Weeks

Victor Zollo, Jr

CLERK

Alvin Johnson

TREASURER

Elizabeth D. MacKenty

EXECUTIVE-DIRECTOR

Nevette Previd

TRUSTEES

Lynn Allegaert

Deborah Barnes

Kelsey Biggers

Gerret C. Conover

G. Drew Conway

Tana Gibson

Melissa M. Hedley

Sheila A. Hoerle

Alice B. Indelicato                               

Gail Kittenplan

Virginia L. Mortara

John P. Murphy

Ian Murray

Shep Murray

Kevin A. Myatt

Deborah A. Nugent

Amanda T. Phillips

Richard N. Purington

Rosalie Ripaldi Shane

Mary B. Stanton

Margaret C. Tattersall

Twanette Tharp

EMERITUS TRUSTEES

Patrick J. Ahearn

Carole M. Berger

Alison M. Convery

Robert G. Cox

Robert C. Graham, Jr.

Michele M. Hedley

John E. Klein

Sarah B. Rorer

HONORARY TRUSTEES

Dorothy F. Chaffee

Scott T. Earl

Theodora A. Ellis           

Patricia Morgan

Nancy Morris

Joyce M. Wright

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.