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Once a well-to-do whaling center, Edgartown remains the Vineyard's toniest town and has preserved great parts of its elegant past. Sea captains' houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, ensconced in well-manicured gardens and lawns, line the streets. You could wander for hours studying the architecture and marveling at the meticulously restored structures. Plenty of shops as well as sights and other activities occupy the crowds who walk the streets in summer. There's a healthy balance of sophistication and small-town local flavor here.
Ever since Thomas Mayhew, Jr., landed here in 1642 as the Vineyard's first governor, the town has served as the county seat. Plenty of settlers inhabited the area, making it the island's first colonial settlement, but the town was not officially named until 1652. First called Great Harbour, it was renamed for political reasons some 30 years later, after the three-year-old son of the Duke of York.
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