Tashmoo Restaurant & Bar is named after a small lake community in Martha’s Vineyard.

The naming of Lake Tashmoo has several explanations. The word “tashmoo” comes from an American Indian language and is interpreted as “meeting place.”

Some say that Lake Tashmoo was named after a son of a Phohoganot, a powerful sachem who lived on the South side of the island. After teaching his son the skill and power of tribal government, Tashmoo was sent out to form a tribe of his own. His mother, Ahoma, a seer, told her son that he would come to a large lake, full of fish, which was connected with the ocean.

This lake was surrounded by a wonderful country of hills and valleys, covered with thick forest containing deer and all kinds of game. At the source of this lake, he would find a spring of the purest water, which would mark his journey’s end. She gave him a pearl shell, telling him to drink from the spring and give it his name. There he should build his wigwam and establish his tribe.