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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Since 1975, the Vineyard Preservation Trust has acquired, restored, and cared for historic landmarks, preserving Martha’s Vineyard’s unique character and keeping its heritage as an integral part of the community’s daily life and the visitors’ experience.  

Martha’s Vineyard is a small island with a long, rich history dating back to the first Native Americans, followed by Colonial settlements in the 1600s. 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 now consists of more than 5,000 individuals, and it is estimated that members of the public visit our properties more than one million times each year.


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

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Gretta Hehre
Office Manager

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Sandy Burt
Venue and Event Director

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Julie Hatt
Events & Cultivation Manager

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Tammy DeGregorio
Finance Director & HR Coordinator

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Steve Kelly
Facilities Director

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Sissy Biggers
Programs & Tour Director: The Carnegie


Jaime Hiltz
Flying Horses Carousel Manager

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Board of Trustees



J.B. McCall IV


Brooke R. Brown

Nancy T. Caraboolad

Deborah Crews

Joseph Sollitto, Jr

William H. Weeks

Victor Zollo, Jr


Alvin Johnson


Elizabeth D. MacKenty


Nevette Previd


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


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


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.