Oak Bluffs is a town located on Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. It is one of two Steamship Authority ferry ports on the island, although the Oak Bluffs steamships only operates in the summer. In the area known now as the Martha's Vineyard Campground Meeting Association (MVCMA) or The Campground, members of the Methodist church would come each summer to pitch tents and have open air meetings. As these meetings became more and more popular, returning visitors began replacing the tents with small wooden buildings generally known now as Gingerbread Cottages. This name originated from the ornate molding and bright colors that these summer homes were painted and because of their quaint, almost storybook look. With the Methodist camp meetings taking place in the center, the campground expanded in a circular pattern around the meeting area until hundreds of the small cottages sprang up. Later a more permanent structure was built, called the Tabernacle. This covered open sided structure allowed speakers and meeting attendees to weather the elements and gave rise to a community center which is still in use today.