I’m proud to announce publication of a new tour booklet for Vineyarders, tourists and locals alike. Come hear me talk on the backstory of Schlepping Around Martha's Vineyard. Wednesday. July 28. 6:30 pm. Edgartown Library. On the lawn.
Book talk: Schlepping Around Martha's Vineyard:
Wednesday. July 28. 6:30 pm. Edgartown Library. Be there!
The idea for Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard was conceived by the late Herb Foster. He thought a casual drive around the Vineyard, pointing out highlights and popular sites, would interest the Vineyard visitor.
Herb was intrigued by the Federal Writers Project from the Depression era of the 1930s. The FWP was devised to provide work for aspiring writers by composing guides for each state, delving into every town and describing unique aspects to the area. We tried to do that with Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard.
A third element of the book includes several walks or hikes on Martha’s Vineyard, culled from the several land conservation organizations awaiting our footsteps. Over the first six months of the pandemic, I walked nearly every day, taking more than a hundred hikes. Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard includes a few of these.
The book has numerous photographs to enliven the story and brighten the page.
A fifth goal was to link this printed publication, Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard, with a program I recently teamed up with. BuiltStory.com offers inexpensive self-taking tours, through your phone. I have prepared five tours: Wesleyan Grove and Ghosts of Edgartown are walking tours. The Martha’s Vineyard Railroad, World War II on Martha’s Vineyard and the African American Historic Tour of Oak Bluffs require an automobile to get to the fifteen sites per tour. Each tour costs $10 and includes photos, text and a video of the 15 sites per tour. The tour is navigated through your iPhone and can be retaken for thirty days. It’s a good deal.
The five BuiltStory tours are described in Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard.
The booklet Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard was printed locally, by DaRosa’s and released on July 1.
Schlepping Around Martha’s Vineyard is available at Edgartown Books, Bunch of Grapes, the Corner Store, and the Campground Museum in Oak Bluffs. Contact thomasdresser.com to order a copy or email me at email@example.com for more information. The booklet sells for $15.
Try these tours of topics covered in my Vineyard histories.
BuiltStory.com offers tours you take yourself, walking or driving around a given area. Visit BuiltStory.com and search for either Thomas Dresser or Martha's Vineyard, download the free app and you're on your way.
I have five tours for you to explore.
The Vineyard’s Railroad History Tour;
African American History Tour of Oak Bluffs;
Ghosts of Edgartown;
Wesleyan Grove: A Brief History of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association;
World War II Tour of Martha’s Vineyard.
Each tour costs just $10. You take it yourself and have access to the program for a month. What a deal.
These tours are based my Vineyard history books, so you can visit the sites, as well as read the books.