One of the most delightfully situated Islands on the Atlantic coast is the old Indian home of the Chappaquiddic Tribe, now almost extinct, but sparsely settled by parties who make life busy in the various callings associated with agriculture and fishing interests. This island is about three miles wide by five in length. In beauty of landscape and water view, with its general diversity of soil and rolling aspect of every hand, it has been appropriately called “a gem,” in a setting at once beautiful and enchanting. On the south and south-east, its smooth beaches, or overhanging cliffs, are washed by sportive wavelets of the broad ocean, dotted here and there by ships and steamers, gently gliding over the glassy quietude; and then, in madened fury or wild outburst of enraged nature, the scene is changed to one fraught with every emotion calculated to arouse the highest conceptions of the powers held in the embrace of the sea. On the north, west and southwest, the placid waters leading to the inner harbor of Edgartown, or fronting the lands of Katama - “the lovely,” is what divides it from Martha’s Vineyard. These shores are famous for producing a great variety of sea mosses and shells. The adjacent waters are well stocked with many species of fish and wild fowls, and occasionally whales, blackfish, swordfish and porpoises may be seen. Almost every kind of berries and fruits abound in their season.
Special attention is invited to that portion embracing about 200 acres of woodlands, meadows, pine groves, valleys and elevated grounds, bounded by Lake Pocha on the north, the harbor of Edgartown from north-west to south-west, and the Atlantic ocean on the south. This tract is owned by R. E. Norton & Co. Lands adjoining are already in the hands of New York and other parties, who have been attracted hither, and are much pleased with the locality. The work of constructing cottages has been given to Messrs. Hobart & Butler, who are about to strike in. The unequalled facilities for comfort in climate, and everything pertaining to the happiness of families desirous to prolong life by surrounding themselves with those things that are restive, exhilarating, and conductive to the greatest amount of ease and comfort, are here found and enjoyed. Perhaps no point in the country can bring at once so many pleasing features that go to make a summer home desirable, in its variety of fishing, gunning, boating, bathing, eating and sleeping, and not forgetful of the game so infatuating in particular - shark hauling. In many of these features it must remain unsurpassed by any location ever brought to the notice of the American public.
This property, already in the hands of a civil engineer, is offered in lots, at the nominal price of from $10 to $25 per 50x100 feet. Many of these lots border immediately on the public channel way for boats passing to and from deep water fishing, so that supplies may be furnished at your door; or owners of cottages may, during two months, drop line from their own premises and get a supply of fresh or salt water fishes.
Any person desirous of satisfying themselves of the truth of the above statements, can do so by taking the train from Cottage City to Edgartown of Katama, and cross to the island by ferry, or from Katama direct to a pier now being constructed at the above-mentioned premises.
For any information regarding these desirable lots, enquiries made of or addressed to R. E. Norton & Co., Edgartown, Mass., will meet with prompt attention or response.
By permission refers to Hon. H. L. Whiting, U.S. Coast Survey, Mount Vernon St., Boston.