Mystery Harbor March/April: Edgartown

Anniversary celebrated there

It’s Edgartown, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. My family chartered a boat out of Newport, R.I., a few years ago and on the trip we eventually went from Cuttyhunk to Edgartown. We spent two nights there and got to celebrate a wedding anniversary, as well. We like Martha’s Vineyard for the beaches and the free bus service, and enjoyed jumping off the bridge there. On one of the nights, planning to meet friends on land for dinner, the dinghy ride was straight into the wind and there were white caps in the harbor. Never have I been so wet following a short trip to shore!

Patrick Mailloux

Portland, Maine

A favorite spot to visit

The March/April Mystery Harbor is the entrance to Edgartown, Mass. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Edgartown my whole life (I’m 64). Though the trips are predominantly in the summer, over the last 35-years-or-so there have been one or two winter or early spring trips each year. Since 2014, my wife Susan and I have raced in Edgartown Yacht Club’s Race Week and the Around the Island Race. One of my family’s favorite spots to visit.

Chip Hawkins

Barrington, R.I.

It’s the site of a special memorial

This view of the busy entrance into Edgartown Harbor is taken from the working Edgartown Lighthouse at Lighthouse Beach. My family knows the view well, thanks to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, which is the steward for the lighthouse. Many years ago the museum established a children’s memorial in the form of permanent granite cobblestones set all around the base of the lighthouse. Families may have a deceased child’s name engraved on a stone “to be seen in the context of eternity.” Many years ago our first grandson died at the age of five after a courageous battle with leukemia. We always refresh the engraved letters and place a small shell or two on his “special” stone whenever we visit. Very comforting for a nautically oriented family.

Carl and Lynn Welshman

Danielson, Conn.