The Harbor Path. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

July 11, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Guiding Light to Frozen History

The Edgartown Harbor Path

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The Edgartown Harbor Path 20220625 850_9953The Edgartown Harbor Path The path to Edgartown Harbor and Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse on a summer afternoon.

Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse at the Point

Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse at the Point 20220625 850_9925Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse at the PointSubtle greens and yellow-browns in abundant seagrass along the beach with shadowed whites of Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse against a sparsely clouded blue sky.

Harborside at Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse

Harborside at Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse 2022025 850_9917Harborside at Edgartown Harbor LighthouseSubtle greens and yellow-browns in abundant seagrass along the beach with shadowed whites of Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse against a sparsely clouded blue sky.

Lighthouses have always had many forms of symbolic meaning. They are a point of safety for mariners. They symbolize safety and hope for those seeking safe harbor. From a practical standpoint, they are a point of navigation.

Walking to Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard, another thought springs to mind. That is that lighthouses are also representative of frozen time. These are links to the many people of the past who have been to this place.

Today, we see this spot, Edgartown, as a small harbor for tony yachts. In fact, this is the oldest settlement on Martha's Vineyard dating back to 1642. The town itself finds its name in "Edgar", son of James II of England. Previous to colonization, the town had the name "Nunnpog" (Algonquin for "Fresh Pond"). In the 19th Century, this became an important port in the whaling economy.

This particular lighthouse has an interesting history. The original wooden lighthouse met its end in the 1938 Hurricane. In 1939, the US Coast Guard replaced the demolished light with an 1881 vintage cast-iron tower. This is what we see today. This light was relocated from its prior service as the Ipswich (MA) Rear Range Light.

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