By Tom Badger
Accomack County's heritage 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 marketplace. Public wharves have been as soon as situated on many creeks the place farmers may 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 this day every one of these outdated amassing areas exist purely as names on a map and maybe a set of twisted pilings on the water's side, the final tangible proof of a time in our heritage gone.
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The Hotel de Fox is behind the buildings on the right. The town of Onley was largely a product of the railroad. Prior to the railroad, Onley was a small community called Crossroads, so named because it was at an intersection of roads connecting Onancock, Accomac, Locustville, Wachapreague, and other nearby villages. Things changed forever for Onley on the first Monday of June 1885. That is when the NYP&N Railroad opened its freight house and ticket office, and the name Crossroads was forever deleted from the Eastern Shore map.
William Conant of Chincoteague was awarded an $8,000 contract to build the clubhouse in the summer of 1890. The consortium paid $8,000 for Wallops Island, which at that time was about a mile wide and 7 miles long. ) Guests at the Wallops Island Club traveled by the “dune buggy” of their time. The club had a flock of about 300 sheep, 100 ponies, and various other livestock. Nearby Chincoteague Island is famous for its annual pony penning, but in those days, Wallops had a similar event of its own.
Local farmers and watermen would bring their goods to the store to have them shipped to market, and they could stock up on farm supplies and other items. The store at the time was located a short distance north of its present location. Currently it is owned by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society and is used as a restaurant. ) This snowy view of the central branch of Onancock Creek was taken in the 1950s before the wooden Ames Street bridge was replaced by a concrete structure. The area to the right is Prospect Heights, one of the residential areas of Onancock.