Oak Bluffs Gingerbread Cottages (7)

Mark Sellers

Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates

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Oak Bluffs was first settled in 1642 and became Cottage City in 1880. Oak Bluffs is on Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod New England. Methodist church members would come each summer to pitch tents and have open air meetings. As these meetings became more and more popular, returning visitors began replacing the tents with small wooden buildings generally known now as brightly painted and decorated ornate Gingerbread Cottages. Hundreds of them remain and many are still family owned and passed on generation to generation. The cottage area is now preserved as a national historic landmark. For one special night in August, cottage residents of the campground place ornate Chinese lanterns around each Gingerbread Cottage. The lanterns remain dark until after dusk. At an appointed hour, people gather in the church for a sing-along and community gathering. At the end all the lights go out and thousands of Chinese lanterns spring to life in a brilliant cascade of light throughout the campground.

Oak Bluffs was first settled in 1642 and became Cottage City in 1880. Oak Bluffs is on Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod New England. Methodist church members would come each summer to pitch tents and have open air meetings. As these meetings became more and more popular, returning visitors began replacing the tents with small wooden buildings generally known now as brightly painted and decorated ornate Gingerbread Cottages. Hundreds of them remain and many are passed on generation to generation.

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