“Stately” describes Edgartown, the county seat since 1642 and a town since 1671. It is the site of the County Courthouse, which is adjacent to the Old Whaling Church with its six massive columns. The preferred hometown of 19th century whaling captains, Edgartown maintains a maritime flavor and world-class yachting scene. The common Greek revival houses and white picket fences impart a storybook atmosphere, balanced by the upscale shops and restaurants in the town center.
Although it has no ferry service to the mainland, Edgartown boasts more overnight accommodations than any of the other island towns. Conversely, its tourist industry hibernates deeply in the off-season.
Edgartown was named for Edgar, son of James II, who bore the title Duke of Cambridge.