East Chop

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For the ferry of this name, see East Chop (ferry).

East Chop, also known as the Vineyard Highlands, is a residential area located in the town of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the north end of the island of Martha's Vineyard. It is a peninsula surrounded on the North and East by Vineyard Sound and on the West by Vineyard Haven Harbor, and features the high, prominent bluffs that gave Oak Bluffs its name. A lighthouse, East Chop Light, stands at the north end of the chop on Telegraph Hill.

East Chop has no obvious commercial businesses or stores, although it has a private yacht and beach club, the East Chop Beach Club.

East Chop became a popular summer resort in the late 19th century. A steamship wharf, known as Highland Landing or Highland Wharf, served regular ferry traffic from the mainland during the 1890s, and a horse railroad connected it to the village of Cottage City, later renamed Oak Bluffs. East Chop and the Highlands became a popular camp meeting gathering ground for Baptists, and church members erected a wooden tabernacle in 1877.[1] The remains can still be seen in Temple Park Private Beach Club

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hough, Henry Beetle. Martha's Vineyard, Summer Resort 1835-1935. (Tuttle Publishing Co., 1936)
  • Hough, Henry Beetle. Martha's Vineyard, Summer Resort 1835-1935. (Tuttle Publishing Co., 1936)
  • [1] East Chop Light
  • [2] Lighthouses of Martha's Vineyard

Coordinates: 41°28′03.67″N 70°34′07.03″W / 41.4676861°N 70.5686194°W / 41.4676861; -70.5686194