The approximately 318 Victorian cottages found in Oak Bluffs on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard are a well-preserved collection of Methodist camp meeting houses. About 500 cottages were built in the late 1800s, and the name of the area was Cottage City. The name was changed to Oak Bluffs in 1907.
These fairy-tale small houses are beautifully decorated with colorful details and they are also known as gingerbread houses. I visit the island almost every summer and I always go for a stroll through this peaceful area.
I’ve always liked porches, but these cute cottages have the most beautiful porches. They exude an intimacy that only adds to their charm. Colorful vergeboards beautify nearly every porch and roofline in this area.
If you visit Martha’s Vineyard, make sure to add the gingerbread houses to the top of your list. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these photographs that I took on a beautiful Friday. It was a quiet day on the island since it was before Labor Day weekend. A great opportunity to grab my camera and photograph these inviting porches. I didn’t bring my wide lens with me, but I had one of my favorite lenses in my bag (Canon 70-200mm) and it saved the day.