Chappaquiddick, Edgartown

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Chappaquiddick Island, a part of the town of Edgartown, Massachusetts, is a small peninsula and occasional island on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard. Norton Point, a narrow barrier beach, connects Martha's Vineyard and Chappaquiddick between Katama and Wasque . Occasional breaches occur due to hurricanes and strong storms separating the islands for periods of time. Most recently, the two were separated for 8 years from 2007 to 2015. Though both land forms have, over the course of history, mostly been connected to one another, Chappaquiddick is nevertheless referred to as an island.
Visitors come to the isolated island for beaches, cycling, hiking, nature tours and birding, and the MyToi Gardens, a small Japanese garden created amidst the native brush. Two fire trucks are stationed on the island from Edgartown. Chappaquiddick Road and Pocha Road, both paved, provide access to sandy, woodland roads, trails, and shorelines.
Chappaquiddick became internationally known following an eponymous incident in 1969, when U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy accidentally drove his car off the island's Dike Bridge, fatally trapping his 28-year-old passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, inside the vehicle.
The name Chappaquiddick comes from an Indian word "cheppiaquidne" meaning "separated island", so named because this island is separated from Martha's Vineyard by a narrow strait or gut. The island has been historically spelled as "Chaubaqueduck" or, alternatively, "Chappaquidgick".
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  • We paid the $17 fee for roundtrip car ferry to/from MV to Chappaquiddick. The island is beautiful. There are some gorgeous, secluded beaches on the Wasque Preservation. There is a $5/pp fee to enter.  more »
  • We has a family member who toured us around. Beautiful public beaches, uncrowded, beautiful sunsets, relaxing, unhurried. Need a car or a bike.  more »
  • There are some lovely natural areas to see on this island, but overall I have serious concerns with the infrastructure, much of it is not structurally sound or ergonomic. For example, the bridge is one lane and has no guard rails, plus there is a sharp turn from the road. It would be easy to drive off the edge straight into Poucha pond, especially if you had been drinking and engaging in immoral conduct. In july, 1969. On Chappaquiddick.
  • Lovely day trip. The Cape Poge Lighthouse tour was beautiful and the scenery was amazing! Our guide was a sharp and knowledgeable man named Dick. Totally worth going to see. We brought our lunch and sat on a beach and watched the boats go by. A nice quiet day and a beautiful drive. The ferry was not a bad wait. They keep the line moving.

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