West Tisbury retains its rural appeal and maintains its agricultural tradition at several active horse and produce farms. The town center looks very much the small New England village, complete with a white, steepled church. Half the 5,000-acre Manuel F. Correllus State Forest lies with the town limits. Lower Lambert's Cove is a popular section of West Tisbury, which is one of the most cherished "up-island" regions.
1. Lambert’s Cove Beach. (Lambert’s Cove Rd) one of the islands prettiest has fine sand and clear water. The Vineyard Sound-side beach has calm waters good for children and views of the Elizabeth Islands. In season it is restricted to residents and those staying in West Tisbury. Restrooms are available.
2. Long Point, a Trustees of Reservation preserve, has a beautiful beach on the Atlantic, as well as freshwater and saltwater ponds for swimming, including the brackish Tisbury Great Pond. Restrooms are available.
3. Uncle Seth’s Pond (Lambert’s Cove Rd) is a warm freshwater pond on Lambert’s Cove Road, with a small beach right off the road. Seth’s is very popular with families. Parking is very limited.
HIKING & WALKING TRAILS-PRESERVES
*Cedar Tree Neck Wildlife Sanctuary (Indian Hill Rd. Off of State Rd. for 2 mi, and then turn right 1 mi onto Obed Daggett Rd.), and occasionally steep, rocky, dirt road to the parking lot, free. Daily 8:30am-5:30pm. 300 acres with trails through woods, beach, ponds, brook, dunes, hilltop view. Bathing and picnicking prohibited. Owned by Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation. 508-693-5207
*Mayhew Chapel and Indian Burial Ground (off Indian Hill Rd., off State Rd) are suffused with history. The tiny chapel built in 1829 to replace an earlier one, and a memorial plaque are dedicated to the pastor Thomas Mayhew, Jr. leader of the original colonists who landed at Edgartown in 1642. Mayhew was noted for his fair dealings with the local Wampanoags. Within a few years, he had converted a number of them to Christianity. Called Praying Indians, they established a community here called Christiantown.
An overgrown wildflower garden grows near the chapel. Beyond the boulder with the plaque are the rough-hew stones marking Native American grave mounds-the dead are not named, for fear of calling down evil spirits. Behind the chapel is the beginning of the Christiantown Woods loop trail, which leads to a lookout tower. You’ll find a map at the head of the trail
*Sepiessa Point Reservation (Off Tiah’s Cove Rd.)