Chilmark - The up-island town of Chilmark is known for its rolling hills and magnificent views. Ancient stonewalls gracing the countryside are a common sight in this New England town. Chilmark's coastline is very dramic, ranging from the sloping sandy beaches of the south shore to the rocky coast of the north shore.
The town of Chilmark was named for Chilmark, England, the ancestoral home of Thomas Mayhew's wife. For centuries Chilmark consisted mainly of farmland and the tiny fishing village of Menemsha. Menemsha is now world renowned for its subtle beauty and traditional New England charm. In addition to being a classic New England fishing village, it is one of the only harbors on the east coast where you can watch the sun set into the sea. Among the best features of Menemsha are the dock-side fish markets where you can have your lobsters cooked to go, or pick up some of the freshest seafood imaginable.
Chilmark has many beautiful beaches, two are for Chilmark residents only (Squibnocket and Lucy Vincent), however Menemsha Beach is open to the public. Chilmark also boasts some of the highest property evaluations in the state, yet has one of the lowest tax rates.