More About West Tisbury
West Tisbury covers 34 square miles and has a year-round population of about 2,600. This number grows to several times that in the summer. The first recorded settlement was in 1669; it was incorporated as a town in 1892, when the settlement of Tisbury was divided into two villages, Tisbury and West Tisbury.
West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah are often referred to as "up-island." Rural and unspoiled, West Tisbury has many acres of State Forest, scenic beaches, rich farmland, and many historical structures. Its New England village charm is maintained with its general store, white church, post office, and many farms.
The town has maintained the neighborly sense of community for which it is noted. Twice a week from mid-June to mid-October, West Tisbury hosts the popular Farmers' Market at the old Agricultural Hall.
Lambert's Cove has some lovely homes and a charming white church. Year-round and summer residents can stroll along a woodland path to the beach.
The Cedar Tree Neck Nature Preserve comprises 300 acres of woodlands. Although fishing, picnics, and swimming are not allowed, there are some wonderful paths through woods and dunes and along brooks and freshwater ponds.
Longpoint Wildlife Refuge comprises over 600 acres of sandy plain, marsh, woodlands, ponds, and barrier beach at Tisbury Great Pond. Swimming permitted at Long Cove Pond and South Beach.
Ferry service to Martha's Vineyard:
Service from Woods Hole, Hyannis, Nantucket and New Bedford daily year-round. Steamship Authority boats dock in the town of Vineyard Haven in the winter, and both Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs in the summer. This is the only line that accommodates cars and trucks. Island Queen
Seasonal daily walk-on passenger-only service from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs. Hy-Line Cruises
Year-round high-speed service from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs in 50 minutes. Traditional service from Hyannis and Nantucket to Oak Bluffs seasonally. Passengers only. Seastreak / MV Express Ferry
Year round daily passenger-only express service from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard. One hour trip to Oak Bluffs in summer / Vineyard Haven in winter. New York and New Jersey transportation added in the summer. Reservations recommended. Vineyard Fast Ferry (Rhode Island)
Seasonal fast service from Quonset Point, Rhode Island, to Oak Bluffs aboard a 400 passenger high-speed catamaran. Ferry is 15 min. away from the Providence (PVD) Airport or 20 min. from Amtrak (KIN). Offers first-class amenities, advance reservations & dockside parking. May-Oct. with 2 to 3 round-trips daily.
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