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History in a Closet

Hidden message from 100 years ago “In this rough work, there is no fame. But here you see the Workman’s names.” Albion Wright and Elmer NortonApril 29, 1922 It is one of those things that you are just dumbfounded to find. First, the Norton family is one of those...

A Vineyarder Passes by

My first and best memory of Edie was when I was about 8 years old. I was walking on North Water Street past the Cottage Street landing on my way to go crabbing at the lighthouse beach. I spied a small sailboat called a Sailfish. This was the original off-the-beach...

Off-Season Vacation Rental Magic

Why vacation rental off-season on Martha’s Vineyard Martha’s Vineyard has a definite season and that’s summer. Officially summer starts on Memorial Day weekend. Summer residents will arrive and open up their houses and get things going. Winter...

Hurricane Preparations

Here is a summary of what we all should be aware of when a hurricane threatens. This includes tips for our guests as well as our island team at the bottom. Follow the latest location here:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/,  to see how close it will come to Martha’s...

Swimming Pools

Since 2008, when I started renting out the Captain Morse House, we have had requests for a pool. The realtors all said that I would make 30% to 50% more in rent. So my August rates would rise from $27,000 (in a normal year) to $40,000 and even less people would be...