A Travel History of Martha’s Vineyard: From Canoes and Horses to Steamships and Trolleys

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Getting to the Vineyard has never been easy. Native Americans built canoes for the journey, and early settlers crossed Vineyard Sound in small sailing packets. Steamships dramatically changed island life. On the island, the horse-drawn trolley evolved into the electric trolley. Tourists and residents crowded railroads until they were replaced by the automobile. The story of Vineyard transportation is the story of an evolution of man and machine, of opportunity and necessity, of dependence and cooperative efforts. Join local historian Tom Dresser as he traces the changes in island living brought about by these transportation innovations.
ISBN: 9781467140003
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: Transportation
Images: 74
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Tom Dresser started his professional literary career while in fifth grade, publishing a monthly newspaper, the Springdale News, until he went off to college in 1965. In 2002, Tom began a career as a bus driver, wending his way over the winding, hilly West Tisbury school bus route. The kindergartener he picked up in 2002 he dropped off for high school graduation in 2015. For more than a decade, Tom drove tour buses around Martha’s Vineyard. His self-published booklet, Tommy’s Tour of the Vineyard, still stands as a premier tour guide for Martha’s Vineyard. Tom also drove tour vans and limousines on the Island. Today, Tom devotes himself to enjoying time with nine grandchildren and savoring life with his wife of twenty years, Joyce Dresser. It’s been a great run.