The Rise of Tourism on Martha's Vineyard

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Now known as a resort community and vacation destination, Martha’s Vineyard was once a simple fishing and whaling community. From the popularity of the Methodist Campground, founded in 1835, the Vineyard soon blossomed into a summer vacation mecca, welcoming visitors to its quaint villages and scenic seashores. As whaling lost its economic dominance, tourism became the catalyst for a revived prosperity on the Vineyard. President Grant’s visit to the Vineyard in 1874 drew national attention and marked the beginning of several presidential visits to the island. By 1900, Oak Bluffs had developed an amusement park atmosphere with the iconic Flying Horses, toboggan slide and grand seaside hotels. Join local historian Tom Dresser as he reveals the island’s transformation into a premier tourist destination.
ISBN: 9781467143370
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Images: 50
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
For years, Tom Dresser drove a tour bus around Martha’s Vineyard. An earlier booklet, Tommy’s Tour of the Vineyard (2005), followed the prescribed tourist bus route. The Rise of Tourism is his twelfth book with The History Press. Tom lives with his wife of twenty years, Joyce; together they enjoy spending time with grandchildren, going for long drives, long walks and long soaks in the hot tub. Visit or contact the author at Also by Thomas Dresser: Mystery on the Vineyard African Americans of Martha’s Vineyard The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard Disaster off Martha’s Vineyard Women of Martha’s Vineyard Martha’s Vineyard in World War II Music on Martha’s Vineyard Martha’s Vineyard: A History Hidden History of Martha’s Vineyard Whaling on Martha’s Vineyard A Travel History of Martha’s Vineyard