A short ferry trip from mainland Cape Cod, Oak Bluffs is known for its charming cottages and beautiful beaches. The colorful cottages are primarily found within the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association.
The first camp meeting on Cape Cod was held in Wellfleet in 1819. The Vineyard’s first Methodist camp meeting was held at West Chop in 1827. The current Wesleyan Grove grew to become one of the largest and best-known camp meeting sites in the USA. From the nine society tents in 1835 and a five-year lease in 1838, by1868 the number of tents reached 570. Today there are over 300 cottages, two hotels, a museum and the large tabernacle. The Camp Meeting Association was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 14, 1978, and was declared a National Historic Landmark on April 5, 2005. The Tabernacle was declared a Save America’s Treasures project on July 28, 2000.