The historic cottages within the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association are well-known and well-loved for their unique charm. Don't miss your chance to join one of the guided walking tours of the MVCMA grounds.
To step onto the MVCMA grounds is to step back over 160 years into history. The character of the Campgrounds has been wonderfully preserved by many generations of cottage owners, giving you a unique look at the architecture of this Victorian community. The boundaries of the Campgrounds are clearly defined, causing some people to feel that when they enter the grounds, it is like entering another world and a much simpler time.
The MVCMA grew out of the religious "camp meetings" of the 19th century. The first meeting took place on these grounds in 1835 with nine church tents and a crude speaker's stand. From that modest one-half acre site in a "venerable grove of oaks," the community has grown into the 34-acre area that makes up the Campground today. Here, the famous iron Tabernacle towers over 312 privately owned picturesque Victorian gingerbread cottages where people still live today in this special community.