Martha’s Vineyard Through Time: Tourism and the Cleansing Sea

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No East Coast summer resort has as intriguing a beginning as that of Martha’s Vineyard. Before it became a tourist mecca, it already had thousands of summer visitors, but visitors who came for salvation, not the sun. Wesleyan Grove, the site of the most successful campground revivals held anywhere, provided congregants with communal support for their new evangelical lives. The Vineyard Campground, however, also attracted those who sought physical expression in sunshine and sea air more than redemption. Local investors spotted the financial opportunity this presented, leading to the creation of the first town in the entire United States designed and built expressly for tourism. Photographs representative of this period of early Martha’s Vineyard are herein paired with contemporary ones. There have been changes, but the basic yearnings of summer vacationers remain as they were over 150 years ago. A previous volume, Martha’s Vineyard Through Time: The Present in the Past, concentrates more on the Island’s architecture than its early commercialization.
ISBN: 9781634993425
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: Massachusetts
Series: America Through Time
Images: 171
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
A. C. THEOKAS, from Lowell, Massachusetts, has lived and studied abroad and holds advanced degrees in both science and design. He has also lived and worked on Martha’s Vineyard and is the author of Grounds for Review: The Garden Festival in Urban Design, Lowell Through Time, Martha’s Vineyard Through Time: The Present in the Past and Goodricke’s Time, his first novel about a young, deaf Yorkshire astronomer who made the most significant naked eye observation of all time.
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