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After Aquinnah, Menemsha is my favorite place on Martha's Vineyard. It's a working fishing village in the town of Chilmark and is located at the intersection of Menemsha Pond and Vineyard Sound.
Menemsha is known for its spectacular views of the sunset. In the summer, hundreds gather every night on the beach and watch the sun slowly descend into the water. My grandparents loved Menemsha, and my family always made sure to go watch the sunset at least once each year when we were on the island. One of my main memories of those summer evenings is a saxophonist who came to the beach each night to play Taps after the sun finally disappeared into the sea.
When I was a kid, I loved the jetties which line the beach and the channel that separates Menemsha from Lobsterville. Now that my dad is gone, I cherish this photo of him holding my hand while I was making what was probably my first trip out on the jetties in July of 1972.
These rocks hold so many memories for me that I featured them in The Ghosts of Aquinnah in what proved to be a pivotal scene for the book's main characters Christopher and Stella. It was fun to imagine my characters in the place I love, especially as the Vineyard has a timeless factor to it. Menemsha doesn't change much, and doesn't look that different now than it did back in the 1970s. It wasn't a stretch to think that it probably didn't look much different in the 1880s either.
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.