West Tisbury, the first of the up-island towns, provides a gradual transition from the hustle of down-island to the bucolic tranquility of up-island. Although primarily rural, it still offers a variety of retail businesses along State Road.
West Tisbury hosts the annual Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair, and also draws crowds every summer-season weekend to the Farmers Market and Artisans Fair held at the historic Grange Hall.
Originally, West Tisbury was part of Tisbury. It incorporated as a separate town in 1892. Today it includes the communities of North Tisbury and Christiantown.