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

Water: A Way of Life

 
 
Water: A Way of Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 17, 2021
1. Water: A Way of Life Marker
Inscription.  
Before railways and highways, the waterways of the Eastern Shore of Virginia were the primary mode of transportation of people and goods. Thus, the Town of Onancock, founded in 1680, grew and flourished. Despite the move to rail and then automobile, Onancock has continued to serve as a cultural and trade center for the region. Through the years, agricultural practices have improved to better protect water quality, and traditional fishing has been expanded to include aquaculture of clams and oysters. Both industries continue to drive the economy and the way of life on the Eastern Shore.

To learn more, visit the Watermen's Museum in the Historic Onancock School, take a stroll through history at historic Ker Place, and see the Hopkins & Bro. Exhibit in the entrance to Mallards at the Wharf Restaurant.

Follow Captain John Smith's Lead: Get Out on the Water!
Enjoy a guided experience by kayak, sailboat, or motorboat with a certified Virginia Ecotour Guide to see the area that Capt. John Smith called "the Gem of the Eastern Shore" as he did in the 1600s — by water! More information about guides and water trails

While Visiting, additional plaque that is part of the display image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 17, 2021
2. While Visiting, additional plaque that is part of the display
in the area can be found at www.VirginiaWaterTrails.org.

[Captions:]
Agriculture has long been a primary economic driver on the Eastern Shore. This scene features the shipping of sweet potatoes. Hayman sweet potatoes are still an Eastern Shore specialty!

Taken from west of the southern branch of Onancock Creek, the wharf and Hopkins & Bro. Store can be seen. The grassy neck on the upper right of this historic photograph is now a lovely residential area and part of the incorporated Town.

Taken in the 1930s, the extent of the active wharf area can be seen. During this time, the entire area was simply called Hopkins Wharf, as the Hopkins firm maintained the dock and additional buildings.

View from the water, steamer at Hopkins Wharf.
 
Erected by Virginia Water Trails; Virginia Ecotour Guide.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnimalsColonial EraWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 37° 42.698′ N, 75° 45.311′ W. Marker is in Onancock, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Market Street 0.1 miles west of Mt. Prospect Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Market St, Onancock VA 23417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within

Life on Onancock Creek, another additional plaque that is part of the display image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 17, 2021
3. Life on Onancock Creek, another additional plaque that is part of the display
walking distance of this marker. Hopkins and Sons; Hopkins and Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Home of Francis Makemie (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Cokesbury Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); World Wars I and II (approx. 0.2 miles away); Genl. Edmund R. Bagwell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chesapeake Lodge #158 (approx. ¼ mile away); Kerr Place (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Onancock.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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