Welcome to the Eastern Shore of Virgina! Life is a little slower here.
The Eastern Shore is home to Onancock, Parksley, Atlantic, Chincoteague, Cape Charles to name a few.
I live and work in Onancock. It is centrally located on the shore. It takes about 40 minutes to get to Chincoteague from here and 40 minutes in the other direction will put you in Cape Charles.
Onacock is a community of about 1500 people (although not all live inside the corporate limits). It is accessable by car or by boat. The downtown area is diverse and constantly changing. A new art gallery has just opened and a new steak house will be opening shortly. We have a movie theater which is only open Friday through Sunday with the latest movies and once a month on Thursdays for an international film. The town also offers great resturaunts, quaint shopping and some fabulous B&B's.
We had a ferry to Tangier Island but that service ended last year. The town is working diligently to get a new ferry in place by this upcoming summer. During the summer months we get a lot of boat traffic. It is a great place to stop while cruising the Chesapeake Bay.
A few years ago a group formed to rejuvinate the "Onancock School". It had been closed for several years and is falling into a state of disrepair. Through their efforts it is becoming a venue for area artisians. Several of the classrooms house these talented folks and give them a place to work, offer classes and display and sell their products.
Enough about the land. One of the main reasons I am here is the water! The Onancock creek is a seven mile, wandering wide water body dotted with spectacular homes. It deposits in the wonderful Chesapeake Bay where fishing, birdwatching, kayaking and sailing are all there. Flounder, Rock, Croaker are all waiting at the end of a fishing pole. On the seaside there are several boat launches which will give you access to the ocean bays and the Atlantic. Our shoreline is dotted with barrier islands that you must see to appreciate. They are amazing.
There is so much more to the Eastern Shore than I write about here so please visit my site: www.vaeasternshore.com for more information or to come and explore.