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This Was Then: Studley’s store

Clem Studley came to the Island as a toddler with his Yarmouth-born parents, and after a brief period selling tea in Providence with his...

This Was Then: Harding’s clothing store

W.D. Harding’s clothing and shoe store stood on Circuit Avenue roughly where Reliable Market is today. Mr. Harding, a Vineyard Haven native who opened...

This Was Then: Conant’s Studio

Photography arrived in the United States in the early 1840s and spread astonishingly quickly. By the end of the decade there were dozens of...

This Was Then: Warned out

One of the main functions of town government in the 1700s and 1800s on Martha’s Vineyard, or anywhere in the commonwealth, was caring for...

This Was Then: The mailman and the shoemaker’s boy

Forty-three-year-old mail carrier Ansel Dimmick of Falmouth set off one cold January evening in 1816 with mail bound for Holmes Hole. “The sound was...

This Was Then: Air tales

New York City holdup man Lewis “Bum Dogs” Miller was on the run in the spring of 1929 after committing a series of armed...

This Was Then: Baxter’s Saloon

T. Baxter’s Saloon was the front end of Baxter House, a 75-guest hotel on Circuit Avenue next to the Island House — roughly...

This Was Then: Journey to the center of the earth

The word “Chops” — as in East and West — derives its name from the business end of a mouth, the parts one might...

This Was Then: The tinman

For nearly 50 years, Charles Mayhew ran a popular Edgartown hardware business, selling stoves, plumbing supplies, dishes, kettles, keys, cinder shovels, pumps, pipes, wire,...

Welcome to Martin’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard … Martin’s Vineyard ... well, which is it, anyway?Actually, historians have never been able to agree on what our original English name...

This Was Then: The artificial pond

Oak Bluffs’ parks are as old as the town itself. Designed in the late 1860s and early ’70s by landscape architect Robert Morris Copeland,...

This Was Then: The Augusta

On August 26, 1924, a hurricane swept the coast of New England. Crops were ruined, trees uprooted, highways flooded, and shipping virtually stopped along...

This Was Then: The Grove Hill Seminary

In 1868, the Rev. Horace Barrows Marshall moved to the Vineyard from Maine with his wife Annie and their three young sons. A graduate...

This Was Then: The Makonikey Inn

In July 1893 the Boston Globe reported the opening of a new hotel on Martha’s Vineyard “called by the ultra-fashionable name of Makonikey inn,...

This was then: Immigrants

Martha’s Vineyard has long been an Island of immigrants. In 1905, more than a quarter of the residents of Oak Bluffs were foreign-born —...

This Was Then: Professor Miller’s mill

Professor Leslie Miller loved the tranquility of Martha’s Vineyard, but as a lifelong city dweller he really missed one thing: running water.Miller began his...

This was then: The Boston House

Krikor Barmakian was born in 1883 in Malatya — a large city in what is now central Turkey, 100 miles from the Syrian border...

This was then: Tisbury High Basketball

Jesse J. “Jed” Oliver (1897–1957) played forward guard. An Azorean native, Oliver later became a fisherman and ran a filling station in Vineyard Haven.Theodore...

This Was Then: Welcome and the ape

Welcome Tilton of Chilmark (1856–1949) was a whaleman, trap fisherman, lobsterman, cod fisherman, coaster, fishmonger, and later in life, door-to-door vanilla salesman. He came...

This Was Then: Old Island cooking

Want to prepare an authentically old-fashioned Vineyard meal for the holidays? Look no further than the "Island Cook Book," published in 1924 as a fundraiser...