Given to the town of Edgartown as a gift for the enrichment of its citizens, The Carnegie was funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie on land that was donated by Caroline Osborn Warren. The handsome Neoclassical structure served as the town library from 1904 until 2016, when a newer larger public library building was constructed on another site.
After an extensive restoration and renovation, Vineyard Trust reopened the landmark, now referred to simply as “The Carnegie,” to the public in 2018 as a heritage center.
Connect with this landmark
The Carnegie is closed for the winter. We look forward to seeing you in the spring!
Our popular walking tours have concluded for the year and will resume in Spring 2021.
The renovated and restored landmark includes reading rooms, a visitor center, gift shop and the permanent exhibition, Living Landmarks, which illustrates the historical development of Martha’s Vineyard through the lens of the landmarks in Vineyard Trust’s care.
Between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, The Carnegie serves as Vineyard Trust’s flagship landmark and the starting point for historic walking tours of the Trust’s other Edgartown properties.
Living Landmarks Exhibition
The Carnegie houses the permanent exhibition Living Landmarks, which illustrates the story of Martha’s Vineyard through the lens of the 20 landmarks in Vineyard Trust’s care.
There is a $5 suggested donation to view the Living Landmarks exhibition.
The Carnegie includes two reading rooms featuring historical literature and the Ray Ellis Maritime Collection of original art.
The light-filled furnished spaces also include cabinets of curiosities that reflect the inspiring people, places and landscapes that dynamically contribute to island life.
The Carnegie’s artisan gift shop specializes in beautiful hand-crafted items that are inspired by the island and made by local artists.
Now available to purchase: Flying Horses Carousel masks
Keep the memories you’ve made at the Flying Horses Carousel alive this year with a souvenir mask. Available in both adult and child sizes.
Buy yours in person at The Carnegie Gift Shop or online.
Your purchase will directly support The Carnegie and the work of Vineyard Trust, and has an added bonus of supporting our thriving island community.
Buy A Brick
Support the preservation of The Carnegie with a purchase of a brick for the front walkway.
Each brick can be inscribed with an individual, family or organization name of your choice.
$1,000 per brick.
Those interested, should contact Sandy Burt in our office.