By Tom Badger
Accomack County's historical past revolves round parts: the land and the ocean. The land is fertile, in a position to generating nice bounty, and Accomack is surrounded via the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. So Accomack has loved merits: a capability to provide nutrition and the technique of getting it to marketplace. Public wharves have been as soon as situated on many creeks the place farmers could carry 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 death of the various public wharves. this day each one of these outdated collecting areas exist merely as names on a map and maybe a set of twisted pilings on the water's side, the final tangible facts of a time in our heritage long gone.
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G. Mears, a local businessman, who reasoned that the nearby railroad, ocean beaches, and excellent sportfishing would combine to attract tourists to a well-appointed hotel. He was right. Hotel Wachapreague and the Island House on nearby Cedar Island became well known nationally among sportsmen and vacationers. Visitors would take the train to Keller, where they would be picked up in these limos and driven a few miles to the hotel. ) A. H. G. Mears advertised his hotel widely in sporting publications, travel journals, and newspapers, often providing exact travel instructions.
This building was similar in construction to the 1887 hotel in town called the Grand Central Hotel, which was on the site of the present post office. Onancock’s hotels had a flourishing summer business in the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as a year-round flow of traveling salesmen, or drummers. ) This late-1920s aerial view of the Onancock harbor shows the north and central branches of the creek, as well as the two bridges (Bagwell, bottom, and Ames) to Prospect Heights and the main streets in town.
These photographs, made from original negatives more than a century old, provide a wonderful record of what life was like on Accomack County’s barrier islands. Those who frequent these barrier beaches today find the costumes amusing. Women dressed head to foot in dark outfits had to have suffered from heat, and as for men wearing neckties to the beach, it is a scene not often encountered today. The clubhouse at Wallops has been gone for generations, a victim of storms and a rising sea, and the role Wallops plays today has to do with space exploration, not recreation.