Memories I Have Lost

“The author of this work came to Martha’s Vineyard fourteen years ago, an invalid. To-day he is a practical example of what the singularly salubrious climate of this Island has done to restore him to health, and his experience has been verified in the cases of many others, and the principal object he has in publishing this book is to make its advantages as a health resort more extensively known.”

Preface to Martha’s Vineyard: Its history and advantages as a health and summer resort, by George Washington Eldridge

Great Fire of 1883

The entire business portion of the town of Vineyard Haven was totally destroyed. Twenty-six stores, thirty-two dwellings, two stables and twelve barns and smaller buildings were burned. Desolation is abroad in the streets. Some of the sufferers have lost all; others have an inconsiderable insurance. —Vineyard Gazette

Great Fire of 1883

The entire business portion of the town of Vineyard Haven was totally destroyed. Twenty-six stores, thirty-two dwellings, two stables and twelve barns and smaller buildings were burned. Desolation is abroad in the streets. Some of the sufferers have lost all; others have an inconsiderable insurance. —Vineyard Gazette

“[T]he aggregate value of all manufactures in 1885 was $149,071; the value of the entire fisheries product was $112,103; while the farm product was $211,320. There is also some return from investments in navigation; and a considerable income from summer residents.”

Nason and Varney’s Massachusetts Gazetteer, 1890, pp.69-70

“Next to the cliffs, the most interesting object here is the lighthouse — the finest, probably, on the American coast, containing alight of surpassing beauty and power. It is of French manufacture, and was one of the exhibits at the World’s Fair in London.”

Nason and Varney’s Massachusetts Gazetteer, 1890, pp. 323-326