Wesleyan Grove, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard by GethinThomas Via Flickr: Wesleyan Grove is a 34-acre National Historic Landmark District in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. It was the first summer religious camp established in the United States. It is famous for its many Carpenter Gothic cottages with Victorian-style, gingerbread trim.
The first so-called campmeeting in what became known as Wesleyan Grove was held in 1835. In subsequent years the congregations grew enormously, and many of the thousands in attendance were housed in large tents known as “society tents.” Conditions were cramped, with men and women sleeping dormitory-style on opposite sides of a central canvas divider. Society tents were arranged in a semicircle on Trinity Park. Over time, families began leasing small lots on which to pitch their own individual tents.
In the 1860s and 1870s, the family tents were rapidly replaced with permanent wooden cottages. At one time there were about 500 cottages; today there are just 318 and are referred to as the gingerbread cottages.
Their cottage is old and decrepit but Snow-White takes good care of it during the day while Rose-Red stands on the side of the road, peddling roses to anyone who passes by. The two girls loved each other so dearly that they always ran through the woods hand in hand, seeing demons everywhere and fearing none, for they had each other. And when Snow-White said: “we will never desert each other,” Rose-Red answered: “No, not as long as we both shall live.” Whatever one had, she would share with the other. One day, Rose-Red came across a dwarf who whispered lies in her ear and told her there was a bear-prince waiting for her in the woods Rose-Red was mauled to death by the wild bear and that was the day that Snow-White burnt their cottage down, with herself inside it.
Cassandra was missing the mystical magic of the countryside, so Alexander managed to buy her this little gothic cottage. I think it fits her much better than her and Trevor’s industrial urban apartment.