On the Eastern Shore

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Wise Point on the Chesapeake Bay

The northern end of the Bridge-Tunnel brought us to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Right at the end of the Bridge-Tunnel is a scenic overlook. We stopped here to take in a panoramic view of Wise Point on the Bay and the Fisherman Inlet Bridges behind us. Just after the overlook was a rest stop and information center. We hoped to find a few brochures here and a recommendation for lunch further up the peninsula. But, the information center was closed on Wednesdays. (Though we did get an Eastern Shore brochure and map that was out.)

The Eastern Shore has always been an isolated part of Virginia and Maryland separated by the Chesapeake Bay. Before the 1950s, the only access to it from the main parts of both states was via boat or ferry. Land connections were long and stretched through Delaware.

Fisherman Inlet bridges at the north end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Virginia's Eastern Shore was settled in 1619 by English settlers following chartmakers and fishermen up Chesapeake Bay inlets. The area remained rural with few settlements outside the Northampton and Accomack county seats until the latter 19th century. Economically, the region became tied more to Maryland and Philadelphia than to the rest of Virginia.

US Highway 13 continues from the Bridge-Tunnel all the way up the Delmarva Peninsula to Pennsylvania. Our objective this afternoon was to drive up to Chincoteague and Assateague, two of the barrier islands facing the Atlantic. Highway 13 passed through wildlife reserves, farmland, and small communities. We stopped for lunch at the Captain's Deck Restaurant in the small community of Nassawadox, about thirty miles up the highway from the Bridge-Tunnel.  (Many Eastern Shore communities have place names of Native American origin.) After lunch, we continued on up Highway 13 to the turnoff for Route 176 leading to Parksley. After reading about Parksley in the Eastern Shore brochure we had picked up, I wanted to visit this town.

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Wise Point on the Chesapeake Bay
Wise Point on the Chesapeake Bay
Fisherman Inlet bridges at the nor…
Fisherman Inlet bridges at the no…
Chesapeake Bay interpretive sign
Chesapeake Bay interpretive sign
photo by: Andy99