Visions of the Vineyard house tour in Oak Bluffs

This classic 1880s Oak Bluffs carpenter gothic house owned by Mr. Michael and Mrs. Marushka Waters, at 51 Pequot Avenue, is featured on the tour. — Photo by Michael Cummo

The 31st Cottagers’ tour of historic homes in Oak Bluffs is entitled “Visions of the Vineyard.” The guided tours of five unique Vineyard houses ranging in style from Victorian to ultra-modern is Thursday, July 17, from 10 am to 3 pm.

“The tour gives homeowners a chance to show off their homes and gives visitors an opportunity to see how their neighbors live,” said Anne Patrick, organizer of this year’s tour.

Ticket holders may visit any of the houses, in any order, at any time during the scheduled tour. There will be a docent at each property to lead tours of the homes.

The annual tour raises funds for the Cottagers, formed in 1956 by a group of professional African-American women homeowners to promote education, a sense of cultural pride, and the value of service to the community. The group limits itself to a membership of 100 women of color. The Cottagers have donated to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, the Councils on Aging, the NAACP, and to M.V. Regional High School scholarships, among other groups.

This year’s houses, all in Oak Bluffs, are as follows:

Dr. Louis and Mrs. Olivia Baxter, 18 Hampson Avenue (Off New York Avenue); Ms. Margaret Jordan, 26 Meadow View Road; Mr. Michael and Mrs. Marushka Waters, 51 Pequot Avenue; and two ocean view units at the Seaview Condominiums at 2 Pennacook Avenue, Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Ernestine Randall-Smith, unit 301, and Mr. John and Mrs. Angie Arrington, unit 302.

Tickets, $30, can be purchased on the day of the tour at Cottagers’ Corner, 57 Pequot Ave. in Oak Bluffs the day of the tour, and light refreshments will be served there between the tour hours. Advance tickets are available at the Cousen Rose Gallery and C’est La Vie on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. No photos are allowed during the tour.