Eastern Shore History

The Eastern Shore of Virginia was discovered by John Smith in 1614. This 70 mile peninsula stretches from the North to the Maryland line and South to the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel. The Shore consists of two counties: Accomack and Northampton County. Lankford Highway or U.S. Route 13 is located in the center of the Shore and is an express route between New York and Florida.

Farming, agriculture and seafood industry have influenced and shaped the culture of Shore's inhabitants for almost 400 years. The commercial harvesting of oysters, clams, crabs, fish, and the recreational saltwater fishing industry have provided viable economic opportunities for several centuries. With the Chesapeake Bay on one side and Atlantic Ocean with barrier islands on the other, migratory waterfowl can be seen in all seasons. We are surrounded by federally protected waterways and marsh lands, National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks. To name a couple of our gathering areas: Assateague National Seashore on Chincoteauge Island and National State Park, at Kiptopeke. We have a total of 56 Public Boat Ramps.

The Eastern Shore has a rare and alluring personality. This strip of land between two waters is sprinkled with quaint small towns of picturesque street lined with historic homes, museums, and art galleries next to new upscale residential developments, golf courses, and revitalized commercial districts. The area's natural beauty and wildlife offer an astonishing change of pace. The Shore offers many campgrounds, bed and breakfast inns, antique stores, country auctions, great fishing and hunting opportunities, relaxing recreational boating seafood at its best. There are festivals, old-fashioned carnivals, and many community events, which provide a place to leave the city life behind, settle in and call the Eastern Shore "home."