Boston: J.H. Bufford, 1873. Lithograph sheet map, 27.5 x 36.25 inches. Extraneous ink along top edge. Small nick at lower edge. Very minor creasing at center. Near fine. Item #1788
A large and unusual two-stone lithographed plan and view of western Oak Bluffs along the shore of Lagoon Pond across from Vineyard Haven, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winne Avenue. The sheet includes a plat map of the proposed development with individual lots for sale and well as vignettes of two idealized houses and a bird's-eye view of the area overlooking the lagoon, oriented vertically along the left edge. The development was conceived in 1872 during a period of sustained growth on the island, and the project was funded by J. & W.R. Wing, a whaling outfitter in New Bedford, Massachusetts, but construction was derailed by the Panic of 1873. A present-day map shows the area only partially built according to the plans laid out here.