Campground a Paean to Roughing It, Vineyard Style

July 28, 2011 by   - () Comments Off on Campground a Paean to Roughing It, Vineyard Style

Some of the cabins at Martha's Vineyard Family Campground

The blue and yellow sign marks a quiet, tree-shaded driveway that leads away from the Martha’s Vineyard’s bustling peak-season roads and bike paths, quaint inns, and eclectic boutiques. Instead of “Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground,” the sign might read more aptly, “Return to Yesteryear” or “Leaving 2011, Entering 1968.”

Martha’s Vineyard Magazine reported that when Chuck and Jeanne Feeney of Sharon, Mass., purchased just under 20 acres of raw land on Edgartown Road in Vineyard Haven in the late 1960s, they didn’t envision creating what would become, in four years, the third privately owned campground on Martha’s Vineyard. And they certainly didn’t envision that 43 years later, theirs would be the last campground standing.

Cranberry Acres on Lambert’s Cove Road in Vineyard Haven folded up its last tent in the late 1970s; Webb’s Camping Area on Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs closed down two decades later. But today, the second generation of Feeneys – son Dan Feeney and daughter Sue O’Rourke – has successfully ushered this family business into the 21st century. And while they have implemented significant changes since taking over the helm from their parents more than 20 years ago, Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground, now in its 40th season, remains a paean to the American tradition of roughing it, albeit Vineyard style.

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