So now another President of the United States has visited Martha’s Vineyard, bringing the total number to seven. John Adams came in 1760 to visit his friend Jonathan Allen at Chilmark.


Through history, presidents, former presidents, and not -yet-presidents have visited the Vineyard.

But it was a First Lady who caused the biggest stir.

In August of 1961 on a Sunday afternoon President Kennedy, his wife, Jackie, and daughter, Caroline, came over to the Vineyard on board the Marlin. They picked up some friends on Chappaquiddick and anchored off the Chappaquiddick Beach Club.


Although old hat in many localities, the political fund raising event for local office is a rarity on the Island, and nearly two hundred people attended the one held by Foster L. Silva on Labor Day at Chappaquiddick Beach Club.
The buffet dinner was held “in honor of the President of the United States” and to raise money for Mr. Silva’s campaign to seek the Democratic nomination for the county’s Representative in the General Court.
He is scheduled to Visit the Cape This Weekend
The possibility of President Kennedy’s attending the dinner being given in his honor at the Chappaquiddick Beach Club Labor Day was still left open last night.
Foster L.


“I never dreamed that boy would be President,” Mrs. Norah Fuller said on Saturday. And probably he didn’t either. She was recalling the time when “President Kennedy slept here” in her Main street, Edgartown, home.
President Kennedy, Mrs. Kennedy and Caroline dropped over from Hyannisport Sunday afternoon for an interlude of informal recreation afloat and in the water of Edgartown harbor off the Chappaquiddick beach. Thus came true both the wish and the prediction uttered so often on the Vineyard this summer that the President would surely appear - though the manner of his coming was a complete surprise.
The President’s party arrived in the now-famous Marlin, picked up the J.P. Marquands, whose summer home is on Chappaquiddick, and anchored in everyday fashion off the beach.