The Vanderhoop Homestead
Built during the late 1880's, the Vanderhoop Homestead
has had a long and storied life in the Town of Aquinnah/Gay Head, on
Martha's Vineyard. This simple and elegant home is situated on 6.25 acres
of windblown grasslands, and surveys the length of Aquinnah's southern
shoreline from the heights of its famous clay cliffs.
In a cooperative venture, the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank
has purchased the undeveloped 5.5 acres of the property, with the Town
acquiring the three-quarter acre Homestead grounds. The Vanderhoop Homestead
is currently home to the Aquinnah Cultural Center, a museum and cultural
enrichment center dedicated to Aquinnah's rich Tribal history. The Homestead
grounds are also available for private events. For more information,
please call 508-645-2304.
This property, which is listed in the State Register
of Historic Places, has received a matching grant from the Massachusetts
Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts
Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth, William
Francis Galvin, Chairman. It is also a Recipient of the Massachusetts
Community Preservation Coalition's 2005 Historic Preservation award,
recognizing Vision and Creativity in the Preservation of Significant
Historic Landmarks, as well as the Martha's Vineyard Preservation
Trust's 2007 Historic Preservation Award, recognizing excellence in
Building Restoration and Community Involvement.