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Address: 89 Main St, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539-8235
Phone Number: 508 627 4442

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Brief tour offering glimpse of past.

You will see the oldest house on the island, a beautiful home and the church. All gems and tour lasts about 30 minutes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
North East, Pennsylvania
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North East, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will see the oldest house on the island, a beautiful home and the church. All gems and tour lasts about 30 minutes.

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Edgartown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Hi, I live in Edgartown, where this church is located. It is a beautiful building! It was built by the Methodists, not the Mormons, lol. It hosts many different events during the year, weddings, concerts, etc. Nice place to stop into while you are exploring Edgartown.

Thank Lukerlou
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Was lucky enough to attend a wedding at this historic church.Do make it a stop if you are sight seeing in Edgartown.It is a wonderful building...very memorable.

Thank riclady
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

My nephew was married here. Beautiful in all aspects and staff was very friendly and helpful. Amazing interior.

1 Thank jasumo
Boylston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Although this building no longer functions as a church, it is used for meetings to discuss key events such as the budget and other matters involving Edgartown residents.

1 Thank Les F
Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This beautiful church was designed by Fredrick Baylies Jr for the Methodist whaling captains in 1843 (not Mormon as previous reviewer stated). It is said to be the finest example of Greek Revival architecture in New England. The Vineyard Preservation Trust acquired the Church from the Methodists in 1980. The extraordinary trompe l'oeil murals of Carl Wendt 1820-1848 have been... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Amazing to find such a beautiful structure on an island and well preserved. It is on a corner that takes you to the visitors center. History of whaling captains going to this church for a blessing before sailing was different than any historical church I have visited. Peaceful place to visit and relax after all the crowds in town.

4 Thank kythoro
Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

One of several Mormon churches on the island (there are others at Vineyard Haven, Edgartown and West Tisbury) that are still in use in that capacity during the year. When you first walk up the stair and look at the massive pillars of this Greek revival style building, you can't help but be impressed by the architecture. As you enter... More 

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Westchester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

While at one point in time the captains and crew of whale ships would receive a final blessing before setting sail to far away places today this historic building functions more as an entertainment hall. With a varying schedule offering everything from chamber music, to popular music, to comedy this venerable institution majestically graces Main Street and welcomes all!

1 Thank JanetJulia
Troy, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a lovely little church. Not a lot to see, but a nice remnant of another day. I would not make a special trip to see it. We were fortunate to attend a concert here. It was a lovely night and with the open windows it was very pleasant. I assume they do not have ac. On a hotter... More 

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