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Tangier in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tangier Island

 
 
Tangier Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 11, 2010
1. Tangier Island Marker
Inscription. The island was visited in 1608 by Captain John Smith, who gave it the name. A part was patented by Ambrose White in 1670. It was settled in 1686 by John Crockett and his sons’ families. In 1814, it was the headquarters of a British fleet ravaging Chesapeake Bay. From here the fleet sailed to attack Fort McHenry near Baltimore. The Rev. Joshua Thomas, in a prayer, predicted the failure of the expedition. It was in this attack that the Star-Spangled Banner was written.
 
Erected 1948 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number Q-7-a.)
 
Location. 37° 49.629′ N, 75° 59.519′ W. Marker is in Tangier, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Main Ridge Road near Ponderosa Lane. Click for map. Marker is in front of the Swain Memorial United Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16094 Main Ridge Rd., Tangier VA 23440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Parson of the Islands (here, next to this marker); Swain Memorial United Methodist Church (a few steps from this marker); Telephone Office, Post Office & Myrt’s (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Copter — Flying Medicine to Tangier
Tangier Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Willard Benner, June 4, 2006
2. Tangier Island Marker
The Swain Memorial United Methodist Church is in the background.
(a few steps from this marker); Gladstone Memorial Health Center (within shouting distance of this marker); The Double Six (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Site of New Testament Congregation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Albion (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tangier.
 
More about this marker. Transportation on the island include many golf carts and some trucks, plus of course bikes.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tangier Island Guide. When you arrive, plan to leisurely stroll around the island. There are no cars, no trains, and only one historical marker. (Submitted on May 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Tangier History Museum. "No visit to Tangier Island is complete without a visit to the Museum and Visitors Center." (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.) 

3. The odd accent of Tangier VA - American Tongues episode #3. A comment to the video (below): “Yes, west country England, or Plymouth area of Cornwall. I’m English, and every time I go
Tangier Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 11, 2010
3. Tangier Island Marker
to Cornwall on holiday and listen to a local speak, I think that’s the origin of the american accent. some people might say they sound like ‘pirates.’ Well, most of the English seafarers would have been at that time from the west country of Devon/Cornwall. If you start to tone down a ‘pirate’ accent, then it starts sounding remarkably old east coast American. Now, presumably for geographical reasons, this Tangier accent has never had the chance to be ‘toned down.’ But anyway trust me, my American friends, this accent is what most people on the ‘Mayflower’ would have sounded like.”
(Submitted on November 6, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraWar of 1812
 
Main Ridge Road, Tangier Virginia image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 9, 2016
4. Main Ridge Road, Tangier Virginia
Main Ridge Road, Tangier Virginia image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 9, 2016
5. Main Ridge Road, Tangier Virginia
The Beach at Tangier Island, Virginia image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 8, 2016
6. The Beach at Tangier Island, Virginia
A Tangier Island View image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 8, 2016
7. A Tangier Island View
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,495 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on November 6, 2016.
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