A committee is preparing for a new phase in the mission to protect and in some cases restore the rural character of Island roads. Planners from McCormick Taylor, a consulting and engineering firm, and Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, will help develop a manual.

It was a unanimous vote by the Martha's Vineyard Commission to create a manual to preserve the Island roadscapes.


A Vineyard Haven resident pitches a plan to Island selectmen to develop a rural roads manual. Other places have done it successfully, including Nantucket.


Gifford’s Store, as most persons of mature age would call it, still stands on the West Tisbury-Edgartown road, which highway developed from the ancient Mill Path, whereby Edgartown settlers walked or rode to the mill on the Mill River, to have their corn ground.


Not many Vineyarders have heard of the “King’s Highway” or know that any such road exists on the Island. King’s Highway, or “Hie” Way, as it was in the beginning, is, according to tradition, the old road between West Tisbury and Quitsa. It is approximately halfway between the South and Middle Roads and parallels the two from the vicinity of the West Thibury-Chilmark line to a point not far distant from Beetlebung Corner, following the line of Ridge Hill and crossing the Guerin and Henry Allen estates.