Historic Walking Tours

Explore the maritime heritage, architectural and literary history of Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard in three guided walking tours.

Offered between early July and Columbus Day of 2020, these tours tell the unique story of Martha’s Vineyard through the Trust’s landmark historic buildings.

Architectural Walking Tour

old whaling churchStarting at The Carnegie, this 90-minute tour winds its way through the commercial core of Edgartown; making stops at the 1703 John Coffin House, the Village Green, the Vincent House of 1672, the resplendent Dr. Daniel Fisher House & Gardens, and the Old Whaling Church. Along the way we will discover the architectural styles that made Edgartown such a gem, consider the town’s storied past, and imagine what it may have been like to live in days of yore.

Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30am

Tickets: $15/Adult, $10/Senior, $7/Child

Edgartown Harbor Tour

This 45-minute tour begins at The Carnegie and highlights three of the Trust’s iconic maritime properties, the Osborne Wharf Building, Norton Boathouse, and Old Sculpin Gallery.

Journey from the days of whaling and commerce, to the rise of the resort community and leisure watercraft, and then return to contemporary life and the enduring impact of maritime trades on the island today.

Tuesday through Friday at 12:30pm.

Tickets: $10/Adult, $8/Senior, $5/Child


Literary Edgartown Walking Tour

Discover Edgartown’s literary heritage from Herman Melville and Frederick Douglass to Oompa Loompas and a big red dog in a two-hour walking tour hosted by Vineyard Trust. Together we will visit historic sites and architectural gems that both inspired and housed artists, writers, and orators of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Tuesday through Friday at 2:00pm. (Note: This tour is not available on Thursday, August 13).

Tickets: $18/Adult, $12/Senior, $7/Child

Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour and can be acquired at The Carnegie.

Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited to only nine participants, so we recommend parties arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled starting time to purchase tickets or contact melissa@mvpreservation.org to reserve your ticket in advance.

Our walking tours start at The Carnegie, which is located at 58 North Water Street, Edgartown.

PLEASE NOTE: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, all tour participants must wear a face covering for the duration of the tour.

Group Tours: We also offer private tours by appointment. To schedule a group tour, or for additional information, please contact the Trust at least two weeks in advance at (508) 627-4440, or email melissa@mvpreservation.org.

Events At The Carnegie

The Carnegie regularly hosts public programs and workshops.

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September 12
Cell Phone Photography Workshop
Saturday September 12, 1-3pm
September 25-October 12
Cellography MV: A Cell Phone Photography Show
September 25-October 12
October 25
Happy Hauntings
Sunday, October 25, 11am-4pm

Signature Events

Vineyard Trust hosts several signature events throughout the year, the proceeds of which help to support our mission to preserve the island’s most endangered landmarks.

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August 6-15
Online Auction
August 6-August 15
December 11
Holiday Cocktail Party
Friday, December 11, 5:30-7:30pm