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Vineyard Trust

Formerly known as the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust, the Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization owns and maintains historic landmarks that are central to the island community.

Safeguarding an Island's Treasured Sites

Vineyard Trust

Located south of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard was originally named Noepe (which means "land between the streams") by the Wanpanoag Native American Tribe. Also known simply as the Vineyard, the island was believed to be renamed in 1602 by the British explorer Bartholomew Gosnold. It was settled by European colonialists in the 17th century and grew into a whaling center in the 19th century before becoming a popular summer tourist destination.

Some of the island's landmarks were deteriorating or facing demolition when the Vineyard Trust was established in 1975 to preserve and restore these historical institutions. Vineyard Trust currently maintains 20 living landmarks across four towns on the island, including a heritage center, a farm, two churches, one green space, two formal gardens, and 15 exhibition and event spaces. The trust ensures the longevity of these institutions that reveal the story of the island and have witnessed centuries of history and change.

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