Situated just north of Cuttyhunk and Nashawena, Penikese is a state-owned island in Gosnold spanning 75 acres.


With heroin use a rising concern on the Cape and Islands, the Penikese School has announced plans to reopen as a residential treatment center.


After more than a year pursuing a state license, a small treatment center on Penikese island is preparing to open its doors. The newly-licensed Penikese, a program for adolescent boys with substance abuse and mental health issues, expects to open June 23.


After months of waiting to receive state licensing to operate on Penikese Island, a treatment center for adolescent boys with substance abuse and mental health issues will move temporarily to New Hampshire.

If you believe that Chilmark Store pizza costs more per square inch than Chilmark real estate, then it shouldn’t be hard to make the leap to the premise that inch for inch, the 75 acres that make up Penikese island have more history than any other place of its size in  the country.

The school on Penikese island will reopen this summer under new leadership and a new name, the board of directors for the school confirmed this week.

The new school will be named Penikese.

The program will use the same facilities as the long-running Penikese Island School, and will begin admitting adolescents with substance abuse issues beginning between mid-July and mid-August.