|Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse (Source: Wikimedia Commons)|
Edgartown, established in 1642, is the oldest town on Martha's Vineyard and a former whaling port. One of the things I have always loved about the town are the narrow streets lined with the old homes of whaling captains from the 19th century. Many of the homes have "widow's walks," which are platforms on the roofs of the buildings. The story goes that women stood on these platforms and searched the harbor for the return of their husbands' whaling vessels, but there is no evidence to suggest this actually happened. Instead, the platforms were built so that homeowners could to pour sand down the chimney in the event of a chimney fire, a story that is nowhere near as romantic as the widow's walks.
Edgartown is a beautiful little town and was one of the main shooting locations for the film JAWS in 1975. If you've seen JAWS, the town of Amity is Edgartown.
I am super excited to visit Edgartown when I go to the Vineyard in May because I will be doing a book signing at Edgartown Books!
|Edgartown Books (Source: Store Website)|
The book store is housed in one of those old whaling captain homes, shown above, and is located on the town's main street near the harbor. The woman who runs the store was incredibly nice when I contacted her and in addition to setting up the signing she told me she would be sure to stock The Ghosts of Aquinnah in the shop for the summer season.
It's safe to say I am a big fan of this shop and this town now. :D
My A-Z of Martha's Vineyard theme is inspired by my book, The Ghosts of Aquinnah, which is set on the island. Click here for all the info on the book.