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Martha's Vineyard: the Signing Community

Martha's Vineyard: the Signing Community

The history of Martha's Vineyard is very fascinating. It is an island situated off the coast of Massachusetts and Cape Cod. The island is a very beautiful place, so you can imagine what it was like long ago. In the late 1600s or the early 1700s, it was settled by British colonists before Clerc came to America.

The people that moved to Martha's Vineyard mostly worked in the fishing industry, or sold delivered goods off the boats, or were whalers. The island is only 20 miles long. Chilmark is located at this end. It was very isolated. It was where many of the deaf lived and stayed.