Our first full day in Edgartown was warm and humid with a threat of showers, so we donned our foul weather gear for our traditional breakfast at Among the Flowers, a little restaurant on Mayhew Lane. Way back in 2004 we watched a Season 3 episode of Rachel Ray’s “$40 a Day” featuring restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard which included Among the Flowers. Ever since then, we always have breakfast there. It’s must-do on our Edgartown list.
After such a filling breakfast, a walk around Edgartown was in order. Edgartown is a classic and elegant whaling town from the 18th and 19th centuries, with beautiful homes and well-manicured gardens.
I have special memories of the Edgartown Library on North Water Street.The old brick building was opened in 1904 and served as the library for 112 years until 2016. We were unaware that a new library had been constructed and opened last year. Why do I have a special memory? Back in July 2006, I was offered a new position while I was off sailing for three weeks. I accepted the job over the phone, but needed to officially resign from my current position ASAP (Sidebar: My immediate supervisor knew about the potential change and had encouraged and supported me in the pursuit.) Although that seems like yesterday, wifi in harbors didn’t really exist and we certainly did not have that capability. Off to the public library where I composed and sent my resignation email. There was no other way to do it in writing quickly. At least we had cell phones “back” then.
We ended our morning stroll on the upper deck of Memorial Wharf overlooking the harbor. Even on a gray day, the views are worth it.
Although not the sunniest of days, it also wasn’t a rainy day. For the afternoon we dinghied over to Edgartown Harbor Light. The first lighthouse, a two-story wooden structure that also served as the lightkeeper’s house, was constructed in 1828.This first Edgartown Light was destroyed in the Hurricane of 1938. In 1939, the United States Coast Guard demolished the existing buildings and installed this 1881 vintage cast-iron tower relocated from Ipswich.
We climbed the stairs to the top for a look. It’s only 45 feet tall, but still gives a nice view of the water and land. It is surrounded by a sandy beach with a stone causeway connecting it to the mainland.
The cloudy skies did become very rainy skies that night.
But the sun did come out to shine and play with us!