A Visit to a Shrinking Island

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ve gone through the Eastern Shore on the way north a few times, and have actually stayed there twice. It’s a fun getaway and not too far from Hampton Roads. Plus you get an exciting drive over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

On our most recent visit, we visited a unique town; one that’s situated in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay…Tangier Island.

Visited by John Smith, Tangier Island has been inhabited since the 17th century. We took a boat from the charming town of Onancock out to the island. We didn’t really know what to expect, but were surprised to see several ladies lined up with golf carts, ready to show us around.

Plenty of touring opportunities.

Plenty of touring opportunities.

The island is home to under 1000 residents, and is unfortunately shrinking, both in people living there and in actual land area. They’ve been fighting erosion for years, but it looks like sea level rise may swallow the island sometime in the future.

The tour was led by a very knowledgeable native who gave us the history and showed us the sites. The folks who live there are very hardy; fishing and crabbing is their main industry.

A typical sight at the docks

A typical sight at the docks

Crabbing is very important to Tangier Island's economy.

Crabbing is very important to Tangier Island’s economy.

After the tour we walked around a bit and visited several local shops and had an excellent seafood lunch at one of the restaurants.  There are a couple of bed and breakfasts for those who want to spend more time there.

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Before we knew it, the time had come to head back to the mainland. A Tangier Island visit should be on everyone’s list, before the island disappears.

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2 Responses to A Visit to a Shrinking Island

  1. Steve Cowart says:

    Thanks for the tour, enjoying the blog!

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