West Tisbury completes historic resource inventory


The West Tisbury Historical Commission (WTHC) announced the completion of the West Tisbury Historic Resource Inventory project begun in 2007.

The project, funded through the Community Preservation Act, updated and digitized over 300 records of historic properties inventoried by the Historical Commission from 1980 to 2000 the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) submitted, according to a press release.

A professional historic preservation team from the Public Archaeology Lab in Rhode Island won the bid to conduct the upgrade of the records. Digital images were taken of all properties, additional information and historical notes about properties were added to the existing inventory forms, new maps created, and properties eligible for National Register status were designated.

This information is now available online through a link on the West Tisbury town website (www.westtisbury-ma.gov/Boards/loc-hist-comm.html) to the MHC cultural database (Macris) for historic sites and buildings throughout the Commonwealth. A short tutorial on the town website on how to access this database for information on West Tisbury, or any participating town in Massachusetts is available.

The information contained in the historic inventory was gathered over a 40-year period. The WTHC asked that anyone with information about these properties that would be helpful in more accurately documenting the historic record of the town to email lhc@westtisbury-ma.gov.