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Last updated: 12/04/2016
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The house is centrally located in the heart of the Edgartown historic district. Shopping and restaurants are around the corner on Upper Main Street. The property features walkable access to the Lighthouse Beach, the Fuller Street Beach, the Chappaquidick Ferry, and the Edgartown Transit Hub. There is off-street parking for two vehicles. Beautiful, well-maintained Japanese Garden and large hedge-rowed yard for quiet daytime reading, al fresco dining, and garden entertaining. Bedroom locations are a master king with private bath of tub only, master bedroom 2 with king, and two smaller bedrooms with twin beds. Hall bathroom of tub and shower. Powder room on first floor. All bedrooms are on the second floor with window A/C units in master bedrooms. There is a window A/C in the kitchen and fans to circulate cool air throughout.

HISTORY OF THE DAVIS ACADEMY

Davis Academy, at 49 Davis Lane, was built in 1836 when its owner, David Davis, was 33 years old. Descended from a local family, Davis moved here from Maine. His first school was in a building mid-way down the block on the other side of Davis Lane. In February, 1836, Jeremiah Pease wrote in his diary: “At about ½ passed 12 o’clock (midnight) Fire! Was cried, the Church Bell rang, the People ran. It proved to be the Academy belonging to D. Davis, situated in the centre of the Town. The fire could not be subdued when the people arrived. It burned to the ground.”

This building was then built, but the school didn’t last long. The Edgartown High School opened just up the street in 1850. Davis was a lawyer, state legislator, and the tax collector for Edgartown. He was also very community-minded, a quality well demonstrated by his establishment of the Edgartown Lyceum in his house. This was a debating society, which took on the burning topics of the day. It’s founding principle was “the improvement of the intellect and cultivation of faculties by which mind can communicate with mind.” The Lyceum in the present day Academy is much how it was in Davis’ time. Davis was the most spirited debater of the initial seven founding members. The Lyceum movement, as it is called, was a a national phenomenon in the mid-19th century, but the most prominent in New England and the mid-West. Over the years such notables as Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Susan B. Anthony, and Henry Thoreau spoke at their local lyceums. The Edgartown Lyceum, under David Davis’ guidance, existed between 1837-1853, and was re-established in 1876-1890. Topics that were debated covered philosophy, politics, international relations, slavery, education, woman’s equality, and some of those topics are relevant today. A few examples are:
• “Was the conduct of our fathers toward the aborigines of this country justifiable?” 1845
• “Has the differences of opinion in politics caused more bloodshed than differences of opinion in religion?” 1840
• “Judging from the history of past Republics and the present condition of our own , is it probable that the U.S. will continue to flourish as a nation?” 1849
• “Are novels pernicious to morals?” 1838
• “Is fear a greater incentive o human action than hope of reward?” 1839
• “Is the cultivation of music more beneficial to the community than poetry?” 1842
• “Would the condition of society and woman be improved by placing the two sexes on an equality in respect to rights and duties?” 1838
• “Should the fugitive slave law be repealed?” 1850

In 1969 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, James Reston, a columnist at the New York Times for thirty years, bought the house after he purchased the Vineyard Gazette and spent time here during the summers of the 1970s and 1980s. In the past three years the house has been lovingly restored by the family of Reston’s son, James Reston, Jr., who is the an author of some seventeen books. Some of them are on the shelves in the living room.

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Calendar last updated: 12/04/2016

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Steps away from Main Street Edgartown...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Window Units...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    High Speed...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Off street parking for two cars...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Fully Stocked Pantry...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large Garden for Entertaining and Dining...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Cleaning Fee $300
  • Taxes Not included

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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

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100 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Port Hunter
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Chappy Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Farm Neck
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Alchemy
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Beach
 

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Photos

  • Entrance to the Academy on Davis Lane

    Entrance to the Academy on Davis Lane

  • Dining Nook

    Dining Nook

  • Master Bedroom Two

    Master Bedroom Two

  • Bedroom 4

    Bedroom 4

  • Entering the Living Room

    Entering the Living Room

  • Television Area

    Television Area

  • Garden

    Garden

  • Garden in Bloom

    Garden in Bloom

  • Steps away from Main Street Shopping

    Steps away from Main Street Shopping

  • Fuller Street Beach, a short walk from the property

    Fuller Street Beach, a short walk from the property

  • The Bells from nearby Churches are Enchanting

    The Bells from nearby Churches are Enchanting

  • The Historic Whaling Church, site of many social events & concerts, one block.

    The Historic Whaling Church, site of many social events & concerts, one block.

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Bedroom 3

    Bedroom 3

  • Shared Bathroom Between Master Bedrooms

    Shared Bathroom Between Master Bedrooms

  • Dining Room (Historic Lyceum)

    Dining Room (Historic Lyceum)

  • Garden in Winter Light

    Garden in Winter Light

  • View of the Garden from Davis Lane

    View of the Garden from Davis Lane

  • The Academy at Night

    The Academy at Night

  • Two Blocks from the Edgartown Harbor

    Two Blocks from the Edgartown Harbor

  • Short Walk to the Chappy Ferry

    Short Walk to the Chappy Ferry

  • A Pleasant Walk down Water Street to the Lighthouse and Beach

    A Pleasant Walk down Water Street to the Lighthouse and Beach

  • The Perfect Location to Explore this Beautiful Island

    The Perfect Location to Explore this Beautiful Island

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, December 05, 2016

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