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Walking Tours

Step into History with the MVCMA Walking Tours!

The historic cottages within the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association are well-known and well-loved for their unique charm. Don’t miss your chance to join one of the guided walking tours of the MVCMA grounds.

Public/Group walking tours are offered in July and August only.

Private Tours are available by appointment May - October. 

To inquire about a tour (public or private), please reach out to Terry McCarthy by clicking below :

To step onto the MVCMA grounds is to step back over 160 years into history. The character of the Campgrounds has been wonderfully preserved by many generations of cottage owners, giving you a unique look at the architecture of this Victorian community. The boundaries of the Campgrounds are clearly defined, causing some people to feel that when they enter the grounds, it is like entering another world and a much simpler time.

The MVCMA grew out of the religious “camp meetings” of the 19th century. The first meeting took place on these grounds in 1835 with nine church tents and a crude speaker’s stand. From that modest one-half acre site in a “venerable grove of oaks,” the community has grown into the 34-acre area that makes up the Campground today. Here, the famous iron Tabernacle towers over 312 privately owned picturesque Victorian gingerbread cottages where people still live today in this special community.

NOTE: Our tours are run by volunteer docents, and all proceeds from our tours go to the Tabernacle Restoration Fund.

Tour Info


Private Tours

Days: Every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August.

Time: 11:00AM. Tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours.


Location: Tours start at the Tabernacle. Please arrive a few minutes early.

$15 per person and sold inside the Tabernacle at the beginning of each tour.

Children 12 and under are free.

A free pass to the Cottage Museum is included.

Available by appointment May - Oct.


$20 per person, min. $60​


Contact: Let us know the date and the number of people in your group by emailing Terry above!

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