The Cottagers, Inc.

About Us

The Cottagers, Incorporated was formed in 1956 by a group of African American women homeowners on Martha's Vineyard. The organization now has one-hundred women who are Vineyard homeowners and whose mission is to promote education, a sense of cultural pride and the value of service to the community for the people of the Island.  The women of The Cottagers, Inc. are important role models, epitomizing the strength of women through philanthropic activities.  The group fundraises all summer to financially support multiple Island programs. 


Pictured below, The Cottagers' meeting place, Cottagers' Corner, formerly the town hall of Oak Bluffs, was dedicated on July 5th, 2006 as the 18th site on Martha’s Vineyard’s African American Heritage Trail. Cottagers' Corner is an important site on the African American Heritage Trail, honoring the hard work of the women of The Cottagers, Incorporated and the role that they have played in our community. The building has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including the After School Program which is well-known to most Islanders.