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Painted Ladies, Love Feasts & Illumination on Martha's Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard’s Camp Meeting Association is a collection of concentric circles of teeny Victorian gingerbread houses in a rainbow palette and a National Historic Landmark.

"Illumination Night" is an annual Campground tradition of adorning the pastel-painted cottages with Chinese and Japanese lanterns, many of them family heirlooms. The Association first celebrated Illumination Night 142 years ago to welcome the then-governor of Massachusetts.

The campground’s 315 miniature “painted ladies” feature Gothic archways, pointy steeples, tiny turrets, and cut-out designs in the shape of everything from tulips to geese. The closely-spaced cottages are painted in sherbet shades of lemon, pistachio, tangerine, and raspberry, with festively-painted lanterns strung from the near-touching rooflines, resembling delicious, dripping icing.

In the 1830s, people would come for a week-long revival meeting. Day-long prayer meetings featured exhortations, confessed sins, conversions, healings, and what were called “love feasts,” in which participants passionately shared their stories and experiences.
80 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, USA
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