Fisher-Bliss House, Estate of the Day
This month the world spotlight will focus on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts yet again as another U.S. President vacations there. Martha's Vineyard was a favorite vacation destination of the Clintons and the island a ferry ride away from Cape Cod has been a celebrity summer spot for years. It also has a long history, illustrated by today's home, the Fisher-Bliss house in Edgartown. This home was constructed in 1832 by master builder Thomas M. Coffin, with later alterations dating to 1924. The home was built for Captain George Lawrence who sold it to Captain Jared Fisher. It is the only three-story Greek Revival house in Edgartown's Historic District and is within walking distance of the many attractions in this picturesque island town.
The house remained in the Fisher family until 1964 and was then handed over to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, now known as Historic New England. It was never operated as a public museum but was maintained by the organization and used for summer rentals. It has 11 bedrooms and eight fireplaces and the upper stories offer harbor views. From the widow's walk you can enjoy sweeping views of the harbor and bay. Behind the house there is a one-and-a-half story barn, constructed in the mid-nineteenth century, which can be used as a garage, children's playroom or storage area. It is listed at $3.65 million.
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Gallery: Fisher-Bliss House