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Greetings from Martha’s Vineyard! by t.devlin
September 20, 2010, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

Martha’s Vineyard is an island seven miles off the south of Cape Cod in the state of Massachusetts.  The name Martha’s Vineyard originated from the abundance of wild grape vines on the island.  Martha was the name of English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold’s mother-in-law and second child.  Gosnold sailed to the island in 1602 from England.  The large image above is a satellite image of the island surrounded by other photographs I have taken on island from within our first week.

Martha’s Vineyard…By The Numbers

  • The island is the 58th largest in the United States, and the third largest on the East Coast, with 87.48 square miles in overall land mass
  • From point to point the island is 9 miles wide and 23 miles long with 124.6 miles of shoreline
  • Year round population is estimated to be 20,000 inflating to a whopping 100,000 during the summer months
  • An additional 25,000 visitors to the island embark and debark the island on ferries daily during peak season
  • It is estimated 56% of homes on island are occupied on a seasonal basis
  • In a recent study done by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, the cost of living on island is 60% higher than the national average, and the price of housing is 96% higher than the national average

I am off to do some more exploring and take advantage of September on the island.  The days are still warm, and the flocks of tourists are back on the mainland.  This is the time to be on Martha’s Vineyard.  As overheard in the grocery store, “We get out island back”.




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