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Cape Charles in Northampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cape Charles

 
 
Cape Charles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
1. Cape Charles Marker
Inscription. The Town of Cape Charles was founded in 1884 by Alexander Cassatt and William L. Scott as the southern terminusof the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad. The extension of tracks south from Maryland to Cape Charles opened the Northeastern markets to Eastern Shore seafood and farm produce. Using railcar barges and passenger steamers, the new port established a link to Norfolk. Cape Charles enjoyed rapid growth and soon became the commercial and residential center of Northampton County. The old town historic district, with its many Victorian style residences, is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Places. (Marker Number WY-4.)
 
Location. 37° 16.089′ N, 76° 0.481′ W. Marker is in Cape Charles, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker is on Randolph Avenue (Virginia Route 84), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Charles VA 23310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cape Charles Colored School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cape Charles to Little Creek
Cape Charles Marker, looking west along Randolph Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
2. Cape Charles Marker, looking west along Randolph Avenue
Located at the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center
(approx. 0.6 miles away); The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rails Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay (approx. 0.8 miles away); Towne Fields (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Custis Tombs (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mansion Site (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bacon's Rebellion (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape Charles.
 
Regarding Cape Charles. National Register of Historic Places:
Cape Charles Historic District ** (added 1991 - - #90002122)
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
♦ Area of Significance: Transportation, Community Planning And Development, Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924, 1875-1899
♦ Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Education, Government, Industry/Processing/Extraction,
Landscape, Religion
 
Also see . . .  Town of Cape Charles, VA; History of Cape Charles. ...land that became the Town of Cape Charles consisted of farmlands and wetlands. ... Incorporated on March 1, 1886, Cape Charles quickly became
Cape Charles Marker, looking east image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
3. Cape Charles Marker, looking east
the economic focus of Northampton County. Paved streets, electricity, telephones, and a central water and sewage system made the Town more cosmopolitan than other Eastern Shore towns. Members of older county families were attracted to the Town and built their homes among those of the railroad employees. (Submitted on October 30, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Cape Charles Light, rises above the cotton fields, typical of this area image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
4. Cape Charles Light, rises above the cotton fields, typical of this area
Cape Charles Veterans' Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
5. Cape Charles Veterans' Memorial
Cape Charles, home to the Bay Coast Railroad image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2011
6. Cape Charles, home to the Bay Coast Railroad
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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