|Leather Man Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Belts|
Dear Muffy, I am 16 years old and love your blog. I read it every day. I have read every post at least three times. I have a question for you. I am going to spend a week on either Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard this summer with my family. Do you have a suggestion which one I should vote for? My brother said that that Nantucket is getting like the Hamptons. Is that true? Which is your favorite? Thank you, and also thank you for your factory tours.
Hi Muffy, What are some of the "must visit" places on The Islands?
Muffy, We are trying to decide where to spend our summer vacation this year, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Both are fine for my wife and I who like history and want to explore that part of it, but which is better for teenagers? What is there to do for them?
This seemed like a perfect poll question, so please share your opinion and comments. During the summer, would you rather spend a week on Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket?
** Poll Closed - Final Results **
History and Personal Genealogy:
The two islands are so similar today for a reason. Here is a bit of background. And it is well worth noting that I have no deep knowledge here. I have simply picked up a bit while mucking around in some family history. *** Genealogy Alert: If you find the sharing of genealogy irksome, read no further. See BvC. ***
1641 – Thomas Mayhew (and son) bought from Lord Stirling and Sir Ferdinando Gorges (through their agent James Forcett) Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the Elizabeth Islands.
1642 – A year later Mayhew brought other settlers (including four of my husband's 9th and 10th great grandfathers) to the Vineyard to start a new colony. In the early wills I read, it was referred to as Marten’s Vineyard or Martins Vin Yard, and Edgartown Harbor was known as Great Harbor.
One of my husband's direct ancestors, who later belonged to the Edgartown Train Band - the island's earliest form of militia, bought land in 1646 that by a coincidence was just where my husband’s family’s house has been for the last fifty years.
1659 - Mayhew orchestrated the sale of Nantucket to nine of his Salisbury friends, while keeping one twentieth for himself. It is amusing to note that he sold all of this for thirty pounds and two beaver hats (one for him and one for his wife). These people are referred to as The First Purchasers of Nantucket, or The Original Owners of the Island (three of whom were my husband’s 9th great grandfathers). They then each took on an associate bringing the number of purchasers to twenty. Some of these names can be found in the newly named Founders Burial Ground off of Cliff Road.