59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Daggett House Collection, 1994-2003

Descriptive Summary

Repository Martha's Vineyard Museum Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441
Call Number RU547
Creator Chirgwin, James
Title Daggett House Collection
Date 1924-2010, undated
Extent 1 Box
Language The materials are in English.
Abstract The collection contains materials from the Daggett House inn and tavern which resided in Edgartown, MA.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to the library's staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 547, Daggett House Collection.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of James Chirgwin in 2004 (Accession no. 2004.006). [Donation]

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-4441

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared and machine-encoded by Clint Johnson in June 2015.

Index Terms


  • Journals
  • Brochures
  • Postcards
  • Menus

Geographic Name(s)

  • Edgartown (Mass.)


  • Tourism--Massachusetts
  • Cape Cod (Mass.)--Guidebooks
  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)--Social life and customs

Biography/Historical Note

James Chirgwin ran the Daggett House with his brother John until 2004 when it closed. They inheritted the inn from their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Chirgwin whom purchased it in 1948. In addition to the inn, it housed a tavern, built circa 1660, which was the first tavern licensed to sell beer and ale on Martha's Vineyard. The inn and tavern also aquired the Captain Warren House and "The Garden Cottage" which were used as suites and guestrooms. Since the closing of the inn and tavern, the Captain Warren House has been purchased by the town and the Daggett House is now a private residence.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is made up of guestroom journals, brochures, postcards, menus, and placemats from the Daggett House inn and tavern. The journal entries are created by numerous guests of the inn.


The collection's original order has been maintained.

Contents of Collection

Box Folder

brochures, circa 1996-2003 

1 1

postcards, circa 1996-2003 

1 1

placemats, circa 1996-2003 

1 1

Breakfast menu, undated 

1 2

Guestroom Information binder, circa 2003 

1 3

Widows Walk Suite journal, 1996-2003 

1 4

Guestroom journal, 1994-1995 

1 5