View of Barges Beach, Canapitsit, and Nashawena Island from Tower Hill.
Annual small boat regatta in the Cuttyhunk Pond Basin.
The hub of island life on Tower Hill Road: (l to r) Town Hall, Cuttyhunk Library, Cuttyhunk School
Cuttyhunk Channel: a welcome sight.

Welcome to the Cuttyhunk Historical Society and Museum of the Elizabeth Islands. Here, on the southern-most island in a chain of 13 separating Buzzards Bay from the Vineyard Sound, we preserve, celebrate, and share the history and culture of Cuttyhunk and the islands that make up the Town of Gosnold.

First visited in 1602 by Bartholomew Gosnold, and settled as a township in 1641, Cuttyhunk has a long history as a fishing mecca, wartime defense outpost and summer destination. Open seasonally, the museum offers annually changing exhibits, a children’s learning area, research library, educational programming for both children and adults and a gift shop.

Come visit the museum and uncover our history, learn about island life, ask a question or share a memory.
We look forward to welcoming you.



From Your Attic to Ours: Gifts We Treasure, displays some of the many unique gifts received over the years from members of the community. Many objects and documents have been in storage since coming into our collection; unless they relate to the theme of an exhibit, they do not come on view. This exhibit provides the chance to see just what has been donated to create our eclectic collection of Elizabeth Island history materials.