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...

This Was Then: Whit, Gabby, and Scotty

Lowell native Howard Whitney (1892–1972) operated Whitney’s Variety Store on Main Street, Vineyard Haven, in the early ’20s. Later he became the janitor at...

This Was Then: The Lockup

The old Vineyard Haven lockup — where local lawbreakers were temporarily detained by the town constable — once occupied the northeast corner of this barn...

This Was Then: Buried treasure

In gale winds and heavy seas in the fall of 1850, the bark Missouri of New York, loaded with a cargo of Indonesian pepper...

This was then: The Cottage City Carnival of 1882

  Illumination Night in the late 19th century was very different from the laid-back traditions we enjoy today. During the 1870s and ’80s it took...

This Was Then: The Japanese stores

Martha’s Vineyard has a uniquely deep-rooted relationship with the Far East, particularly Japan. Island whaling families still adorn their homes with Japanese treasures brought...