We offer 3 different tours of the Heritage Trail

NOTE: Tours are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.
Children ages 12 and under are half-price!

Tours leave outside the Steamship Authority in Oak Bluffs.

Full tour of the entire Island-wide MV Heritage Trail

4.5 hour tours are on Fridays at 1:00pm from July 7th through Labor Day. The complete tour includes each island town: Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Aquinnah, Chilmark and Menemsha Village.

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Tour of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown

2.5 hour tours of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown sites start at 1 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the summer.

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Tour of Oak Bluffs

1.5 hour tours of Oak Bluffs begin at 9am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the summer.

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Other Tour Options

The Heritage Trail is now offering walking tours of the historic Highlands district of Oak Bluffs, the home of the oldest African-American owned and operated inn on Martha's Vineyard. The tour is available only on THURSDAY AFTERNOONS and lasts 45 minutes to an hour. The cost for the tour is $22 per person. To arrange a tour please contact lightingthetrail@gmail.com

Customized tours reflecting particular interests are also available. Fully narrated tours are available in your own vehicle.Large group bookings available.  Email lightingthetrail@gmail.com or call 508 693-4361 with requests. 

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Orders may also be sent to Elaine Cawley Weintraub or Carrie Camillo Tankard, or by mail to:

African American Heritage Trail
P.O. Box 596
West Tisbury, MA 02575


Workshops for Teachers and community historians are available from Dr. Elaine Cawley Weintraub, the research historian and co-founder of the Trail. These workshops focus on using the Trail as a model to demonstrate how every community has the resources and untapped history to create a community history project. Ways of using archival research, oral histories, and involving students as research assistants to a community history venture are explained and the work of students and community activists demonstrated. Dr. Cawley Weintraub provides workshops for many of the colleges and universities of the Boston area. Contact Elaine Cawley Weintraub via E-mail at lightingthetrail@gmail.com, by telephone at (508) 693 4361 or by postal mail at P.O. Box 596, West Tisbury, MA 02575.

Personal Presentations from members of the board of the African American Heritage Trail are available, and individual members can be contacted either through their email address or through the mailing address of the Heritage Trail.

All proceeds from these services directly benefit the African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard organization.

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