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In 1671, Chilmark became the location for the first and only manorial grant in all of New England and Thomas and Mathew Mayhew, the first Lords of the Manor.

Chilmark is characterized by meandering stone walls which were built hundreds of years ago by the first settlers. They define the undulating hills, while confining sheep and cattle. The trees are craggier than they are at other parts of the Island, and get their shape because of high winds and brisk salt air. Even inland you can hear the surf. There are also many ponds, circled with marsh grass and wildflowers.

Coveted for its seclusion, Chilmark has a small store a library, a town hall (all at Beetlebung Corner) and nearby, a post office. Gentle and serene, Chilmark embodies refined country living.