By Tom Badger
Accomack County's heritage revolves round parts: the land and the ocean. The land is fertile, in a position to generating nice bounty, and Accomack is surrounded through the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. So Accomack has loved merits: a capability to supply nutrients and the technique of getting it to industry. Public wharves have been as soon as positioned on many creeks the place farmers could deliver vegetation 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. at the present time almost all these outdated accumulating locations exist in simple terms as names on a map and maybe a set of twisted pilings on the water's area, the final tangible facts of a time in our historical past gone.
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M. m. Newspaper accounts of the day called Hotel Wachapreague the best-equipped country hotel in Virginia. ) This was the Island House, sister lodge of Hotel Wachapreague. The Island House lacked some of the elegance of its mainland counterpart, but it had one significant advantage. The Atlantic Ocean was just a short walk away, so visitors who enjoyed surf bathing or fishing preferred this more spartan accommodation. ) These four young people hammed it up for the camera on the beach at Cedar Island in the early 1900s.
This photograph shows part of the town’s commercial fishing fleet. Wharves and fish packinghouses lined the Wachapreague waterfront, and fish buyers would meet incoming boats to contract for the day’s catch. ) Fish were caught in pound nets, dumped into the bottom of skiffs, and then sorted and placed in baskets. Fish not sold locally were packed in ice in barrels, driven to the railroad station at Keller, and shipped to markets in Norfolk, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and other cities. ) Postcards were a popular advertising medium in the 1930s.
Post Office building. The hotel was lost to fire in 1887 and replaced by this new facility, the Grand Central Hotel, a three-story building with wraparound porches. The hotel changed owners and names several times over the years and was sold to the federal government in 1934 when the new post office was planned. ) This photograph was taken on Market Street in Onancock around 1890 by Griffin Callahan. ) Market Street in Onancock in 1914 had dirt streets and sidewalks covered with canopies to protect shoppers from the elements.
Accomack County by Tom Badger