Accomack County by Tom Badger

By Tom Badger

Accomack County's background revolves round parts: the land and the ocean. The land is fertile, able to generating nice bounty, and Accomack is surrounded via 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 carry plants for industry. 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 previous accumulating locations exist merely as names on a map and maybe a suite of twisted pilings on the water's aspect, the final tangible proof of a time in our heritage long gone.

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While some of those towns had modest commercial activity before the railroad, the NYP&N set off a building boom never before seen in Accomack County. Loleta Boggs and Vernon Burton were married in the Painter Garrison United Methodist Church in 1910, and here the wedding party at the Painter station sends them off to a honeymoon at Niagara Falls. Lucille Boggs (left, in hat) was maid of honor. To her right are Grace Floyd and Will Waters, wearing the derby hat. ) Passengers gather at the Onley station around 1910.

Years ago, Native Americans gathered shellfish on tidal flats, caught sturgeon in weirs, and traded goods with other Indian nations using bays, rivers, and creeks as avenues of commerce. Europeans arrived shortly after the Jamestown settlement of 1607, exploring the Eastern Shore peninsula by boat and eventually establishing permanent settlements. Fish and shellfish from Accomack fed the young colony, and salt distilled from seawater was a valuable preservative, enabling the settlers to survive winters when food was scarce.

The girl on the right has one of the more elaborate rigs of the group. ) Sailboats were an everyday mode of travel when this photograph was taken around 1905. But graceful sailboats such as this are great examples of the theory of form-follows-function. The best boatbuilders were artisans whose works not only performed an everyday function, but whose craft also were pleasing to the eye and a joy to use. ) The Wallops Island Association was founded and run by businessmen, so it is not surprising that the group was governed like any good corporation.

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