The Nathan Mayhew Schoolhouse was built in 1828 and is the island’s oldest surviving one room schoolhouse. The Daughters of the American Revolution, Seacoast Defense Chapter operated a maritime museum there for many years.

The iconic flagpole erected in front of the schoolhouse commemorates an act of patriotism during the Revolutionary War. A plaque attached to the pole names three Holmes Hole women who got dynamite from the armory and blew up the town flagpole to prevent the British from using it as a spar for their warship.


A sizable front room can play host to any number of pursuits while amenities such as a small office, kitchenette and restroom make the Nathan Mayhew Schoolhouse ideal for exhibitions, educational workshops, presentations, business meetings, and small social gatherings. Best for three season use, the Schoolhouse has limited heating in the winter and is not handicap accessible. Please inquire about availability.

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The Nathan Mayhew Schoolhouse is not open regularly to the public but is available for rent for small functions. Please contact us to learn more.

This landmark is located at:
110 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA