Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard 02557 (East Chop)
In 1835 this community served as the site for annual summer camp meetings, when Methodist church groups found the groves and pastures of Martha's Vineyard particularly well suited to all-day gospel sessions. Eventually the camp "sites" turned into platforms then to the gingerbread houses that you see today. This lead to Oak Bluffs nickname "Cottage City".
Oak Bluffs is also the home of the Flying Horses Carousel, the oldest continuously operating carousel in the country. Its horses were hand-carved in New York City in 1876. This historic landmark is maintained by the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust. It is open daily during the summer and on weekends in the spring and fall.
While Edgartown is a classic New England whaling town, Oak Bluffs is a truely unique place and has a much different look then other parts of the island.
From it's modest beginnings Oak Bluffs is really turning into a year round town, and the real estate in Oak Bluffs is growing.