Accomack County by Tom Badger

By Tom Badger

Accomack County's heritage revolves round components: the land and the ocean. The land is fertile, able to generating nice bounty, and Accomack is surrounded through the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. So Accomack has loved benefits: a capability to provide nutrition and the technique of getting it to marketplace. Public wharves have been as soon as positioned on many creeks the place farmers may convey plants for marketplace. Then, in 1884, the railroad got here via. The railroad created new towns—Parksley, Onley, Keller, Tasley, and Painter—and it intended the loss of life of the various public wharves. this present day every one of these outdated collecting locations exist merely as names on a map and maybe a suite of twisted pilings on the water's area, the final tangible facts of a time in our historical past long gone.

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S. Lifesaving Service on the barrier islands, with numerous stations along the coast. This is the one on the north end of Cedar Island. The station was decommissioned in the late 1950s and is now a private clubhouse. ) Prior to the lifesaving service, volunteers were depended upon to aid ships in distress. The service was a vital presence along the barrier beaches of Accomack, providing a level of professionalism not seen before. Each station had a keeper who was a commissioned officer, and the crew drilled on a regular basis, as seen here.

The Maryland-Virginia boundary stone is in the background on the left. ) For many years, this oak was the largest tree on the Eastern Shore. It was on the Holly Brook farm, owned by the George Rogers family, between Pungoteague and Keller. This photograph was taken around 1900, and the tree lasted another three or more decades, finally being downed by a storm in the late 1930s. ) Country stores were a way of life in Accomack for many generations, and most have now disappeared. Country stores sold the daily necessities of life, including a quick lunch of bologna and sharp cheese, but they were also gathering places where local folks would catch up on the news.

Accomack County was one of the leading potato producers in the state. According to a July 2, 1887, news item, 350 barrels were loaded onto the steamship Eastern Shore at Hoffman’s Wharf that week, and another 600 were loaded at Bogg’s Wharf (farther up Pungoteague Creek), bringing the total number of barrels onboard from the Eastern Shore to 2,800. ) This photograph was taken from the covered pier at Hoffman’s Wharf. The old pier was at the location of the present one but was considerably wider, with two lanes for wagons to move goods to and from the shipping area.

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