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EXPLORING THE TRAILS OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD

EXPLORING THE TRAILS OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD

(Image and story by Mary Roedel Shur/Rick Shur)  

DOWN a looping path deep in the Martha’s Vineyard woods, history keeps a muted vigil. It was here at Waskosim’s Rock, more than 300 years ago, that leaders of the native Wampanoag tribe met with the Mayhews (named after one of the area’s first settlers, Thomas Mayhew) to create a “Middle Line” division of property. Southwest of the boundary would remain in native control; north and east would be Mayhew territory. 

The great natural monument, lichen dappled and framed within a modest clearing, always surprises me when I approach it. 

There are no special signs along the trail. Nor will you find one of those historical markers, in cast iron, lettering raised, once you arrive. 

In fact, count yourself lucky to find the trailhead at all. Waskosim’s Rock, just off North Road in Chilmark, Mass., and the rest of the many splendid walking trails on Martha’s Vineyard, are a casually well-kept secret. (more)

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Article courtesy of ALEXANDRA STYRON, New York Times | Read full article

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