10 Facts About Aquinnah


Aquinnah is a town located on the western-end of Martha's Vineyard island, Massachusetts.

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Aquinnah is known for its beautiful clay cliffs and natural serenity, as well as its historical importance to the native Wampanoag people.

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Aquinnah is celebrated as a center of Wampanoag culture and a center of pride and tradition among members of the federally recognized Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head.

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Aquinnah is separated from the town of Chilmark by Menemsha Bight, Menemsha Pond, and Squibnocket Pond.

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Aquinnah has four accessible beaches for residents and the public: Philbin and Moshup Beaches off Moshup Trail; Lobsterville Beach on the northern shore at Dogfish Bar, and Red Beach on Menemsha Pond.

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At the 'head' of the island is the Aquinnah Headlands Preserve which provides sweeping coastal views for walkers.

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Aquinnah's geography lends itself to outdoor activities including surf fishing at Lobsterville Beach and Dog Fish Bar, surfing off the beaches of Moshup Trail, and jogging and cycling the State Road and Moshup Trail loop.

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Aquinnah is rare in that it is one of the few western-facing coastlines on the east coast.

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Aquinnah is governed on the local level by the open town meeting form of government.

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In 2001, Aquinnah passed a bylaw requiring archaeological reviews of proposed building sites due to the 10 millennia of Wampanoag history in the town.

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