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Chilmark is a small, rural community, with approximately 650 residents, and is located toward the western end of Martha's Vineyard. Most of its 10,639 (34 square miles) are devoted to residential and agricultural use – you can get fresh flowers at a Beetlebung Corner self-serve stand, Island-raised lamb at the Allen Farm and wool items knit from their own sheep, eggs from really free range chickens and bacon from local pigs.

It is well known for its beautiful rolling hills lined by stone walls and its unmatched coastline. Menemsha Village is on its northern border and its family friendly beach is a favorite spot to swim and to watch the unparalleled sunsets at the end of a lazy summer's day. There is also a boat launch in Menemsha, as well as a Coast Guard Station.