Eastern Shore of Virginia:
- Major Cities: Chincoteague, Accomac, Greenbackville, Onancock
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Lighthouse, Oyster and Maritime Museum, Refuge Waterfowl Museum, Tangier Island, Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, Island Aquarium, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
- Major Industry: Poultry Processing (Purdue Farms Inc./Tyson Farms Inc.), Education, Healthcare, Defense, Civil Service (NOAA)
- Counties: Accomack, Northampton
Virginia's Eastern Shore
Virginia’s Eastern Shore, often referred to as just “the Shore,” is located on the
lower 70 miles of the Delmarva Peninsula. It is divided into two counties, Accomack
County in the north and Northampton County in the south. The Shore is accessible
from the south by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel, a 20-mile toll-road famed
as “One of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the Modern World.” Many people choose
to buy Eastern Shore real estate because the area is within easy driving distance
of several major cities, including Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Richmond.
Eastern Shore real estate is a nature-lover’s paradise, boasting more than 128,000
acres of woodland and 263 square miles of water. Its chain of 18 barrier islands
represents the largest stretch of pristine natural coastline on the Eastern Seaboard.
An abundance of wildlife, including migrating birds and butterflies, can be observed
in the Shore’s 752-acre National Wildlife Refuge. Anglers have their choice of 30
public boat ramps, and hikers, bikers, and kayakers can explore the Shore’s many
trails, wetlands, and salt marshes.
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The Eastern Shore is home to a number of quaint towns. Cape Charles, at the Shore’s
southern tip, is a mix of old and new. Visitors can find an old-fashioned soda fountain
and a restored plantation house restaurant nestled between two nationally-ranked
golf courses and a theater featuring both local and national talent. Eastville,
home to the nation’s oldest continuous court records, has served as Northampton’s
county seat since 1631. In Machipongo, wine lovers can sample Chatham Vineyard’s
award-winning 2002 Church Creek Merlot, while antique buffs and historians will
appreciate Exmore’s shops and Parksley’s Antique Car Museum and Eastern Shore Railroad
Most people are familiar with the Shore’s annual pony swim, where saltwater cowboys
herd ponies from their home on Assateague Island to an auction on Chincoteague Island.
But there are many other attractions unique to Eastern Shore real estate. The gardens
at Eyre Hall, a preserved colonial home overlooking Cherrystone Creek, are among
the country’s oldest and are open to the public year-round at no charge. The Oyster
and Maritime Museum celebrates the Shore’s aquaculture, while the Refuge Waterfowl
Museum chronicles the region’s waterfowl history. Even the Shore’s meticulously
preserved historic architecture is on display and open for tours during the region’s
annual Historic Garden Week in April.
Kids will enjoy the Shore’s Island Aquarium on
Chincoteague and the NASA/Wallops Visitor Center, which offers launch site
tours and interactive computer displays. They can also participate in NASA/Wallops
Space Flight Adventure Camp or take part in the Junior Ranger Program sponsored
by the Assateague Island National Parks Service. Young adults may be interested
in taking classes at the Eastern Shore Community College, a two-year college and
member of the Virginia Community College System.
Eastern Shore real estate offers all the charm of peaceful living in a coastal setting.
The Eastern Shore’s seamless blend of small-town charm and outdoor living give it
a broad appeal. If you’re interested in Eastern Shore real estate or
homes for sale, then contact any of Long & Foster’s real estate offices
on the Eastern Shore.