We were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Martha's Vineyard summer house belonging to some recent clients, with whom I'd worked on Sullivan's Island, SC. We had a utterly relaxing time staying in the boathouse on the beach. So relaxing that Michelle even enjoyed a couple of afternoon naps.
One afternoon when Michelle and Samuel were asleep I took a couple of beers out to the beach, grabbed a beach chair, and sat on the dock to make a sketch. I was sitting in this perfect weather with my back to Edgartown Harbor and its lighthouse. I left it with our hosts as a thank you gift, but was able to borrow it briefly to document it.
It is a beautiful property that has been in the hands of our clients since the 1860's. They have a couple of tax bills framed on the wall in the amount of $2.00. The construction of the main house and boathouse, one of the first substantial summer residences built on Chappaquiddick, dates to 1920. Photos in scrap books document the construction of the house, a pre-fabricated residence originating in Kansas and brought over on a barge from the mainland. It may have been a Sears house, but they are not quite sure. It made sense for the house to come from Kansas as this was the home state of Senator Charles Curtis, the first Senate floor leader and our client's great grandfather.
Senator Curtis's photo is on the wall in the living room of the main house, along with his friends Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt and others. Also on the wall: a photo of Susan B. Anthony, our client's great aunt. No kidding.
We were thrilled to have the chance to spend a week on Chappaquiddick, and I'm glad to have this sketch to capture what it felt like to be there.