Gingerbread House

AnnDixon

Chester, United Kingdom

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Taken on the Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts USA

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The homes may be some of the most photographed in the entire country, but they evolved from humble roots. In 1835, a half-acre of rural land bordering a sheep pasture was selected as a place to hold a small Methodist camp meeting. By 1859, what was then called Wesleyan Grove had expanded to become one of largest permanent camp meeting sites in America.

Martha’s Vineyard (Wampanoag: Noepe) is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, known for being an affluent summer colony. It includes the smaller Chappaquiddick Island, which is usually connected to the larger island, though storms and hurricanes have been known to separate the two islands. The last such separation of the islands was in 2007, and as of April 2, 2015, the two islands are again connected.

Often called just “The Vineyard”, the island has a land area of 100 square miles (260 km2). It is the 58th largest island in the United States and the third largest on the East Coast of the United States, after Long Island and Mount Desert Island.

The island constitutes the bulk of Dukes County, Massachusetts. The county also includes the Elizabeth Islands as well as the island of Nomans Land.

The Vineyard was home to one of the earliest known deaf communities in the United States; consequently, a special sign language, Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL), developed on the island.

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