Dukes county. Tisbury lies on the north side of Martha's Vineyard, and contains the noted harbor of "Holmes' Hole." This harbor is large and safe, and of a sufficient depth of water for the largest merchantmen. It is much frequented by vessels passing through Vineyard Sound; particularly when the winds are contrary. From this harbor, across the Sound, to Falmouth on Cape Cod, is 6 miles.
A number of small vessels belong to this place and one of 388 tons is employed in the whale fishery.
There are some manufactures of salt, boots, shoes, leather, and hats; and, in 1837, there were 2,655 sheep in the town.