Captain Benjamin Smith House // 1790

The Captain Benjamin Smith House at 34 South Summer Street in Edgartown was constructed around 1790. The building sits on land that was once owned by the Coffin family who owned a broad sweep of land from Edgartown Harbor back to Pease’s Point Way. Many of the oldest houses in town were constructed by members of this family who had first settled in Newbury. Smith, a military captain who commanded a company of militia on Martha’s Vineyard during the Revolutionary War, was married to a member of the Coffin family and the family owned the home for over one hundred years. After successive ownership, in 1939, the Vineyard Gazette took over the building. The Gazette was the first newspaper to be published in Dukes County, and remains in the building to this day.

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  1. Harmony Smith Millett September 12, 2022 / 8:14 pm

    I am so very happy to see my Smith Family photos and info!! I have been interested my my family for many years❣️ I live in Maine, near Readfield, where Grandfather Captain Matthias Smith moved to from Martha’s Vineyard many, many years ago! If anyone is interested in the Maine Smith info, I would be happy to assist you❣️

    Harmony Smith Millett

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