Kickemuit Cottage // 1869

Summer is here and I am missing my favorite place to explore, Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. The town is sleepy most of the year, but in the Summer, the place explodes with summer residents and tourists, providing such a lively and diverse atmosphere. One of the most beautiful of the cottages in the Wesleyan Grove campground is the Kickemuit Cottage, built in 1869 for a family from Rhode Island. They so-named the cottage after the Kickemuit River which runs from Massachusetts through Warren, RI and spills out into the Mt. Hope Bay. The story goes that this double cottage was actually just a single peaked home until it was combined with another giving it the double-peaked appearance we see today. The cottage retains the turned posts, delicate gingerbread detailing, and the lancet windows and doors. Swoon!

Side note: If anyone has a cottage in Oak Bluffs that they’ll let me rent, I would love to be in touch!

3 thoughts on “Kickemuit Cottage // 1869

  1. Barb June 25, 2022 / 10:53 pm

    Awww! This was my family’s cottage back in the day!

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    • Buildings of New England June 26, 2022 / 11:51 am

      ❤ I cant imagine how nice it would be to spend summers here. I am so envious of MV Summer residents


    • Lorna September 3, 2022 / 7:37 pm

      Barb, wondering when your family owned it. Perhaps before mine bought it in 1976 and still spends summers there.
      To the writer of this article. Thanks so much for featuring our cottage! You are correct that it began as a single cottage (on the right) and several years later the second cottage appeared. It sits on the spot that the Lewis family from Providence pitched their tent paying about 50 cents for their yearly lease. The right side replaced their tent, We don’t know if the left one was moved or if it was built on site.
      Regardless, it is now a single cottage and has been where my family has accumulated 46 years of memories and still counting! Regarding the name: my dad renamed it in 1976 when he bought it! He named it after himself!!!! We thought about restoring the Kickemuit name after my dad died, but didn’t have the heart! If you are interested in renting it, contact me as we are considering exploring that avenue next summer-2023.
      Wish you had come to the door when you took the picture as we were there!


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