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

The Parson of the Islands

 
 
The Parson of the Islands Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 7, 2016
1. The Parson of the Islands Marker
Inscription. Joshua Thomas (1776–1853) became a skilled waterman from the in his youth and ferried clergymen from the mainland to the islands of the Chesapeake Bay. He converted to Methodism about 1807, was licensed as an exhorter (or lay preacher) and was later ordained an elder. He served the Chesapeake region for more than four decades. Known as “The Parson of the Islands” he traveled in a canoe called The Methodist. Thomas raised his family on Tangier Island and led many camp meetings here. According to tradition, he conducted services for British forces stationed at Fort Albion during the War of 1812 and foretold their defeat at Baltimore in 1814.
 
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WY-22.)
 
Location. 37° 49.627′ N, 75° 59.516′ W. Marker is in Tangier, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Ridge Road and Pondarosa Road and Twin John Road, on the right when traveling south on Main Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker faces the post office at Swain United Methodist Church. Marker is in this post office area: Tangier VA 23440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tangier Island (here, next to this
Swain United Methodist Church with this and the Tangier Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 7, 2016
2. Swain United Methodist Church with this and the Tangier Island Marker
marker); Telephone Office, Post Office & Myrt’s (a few steps from this marker); Swain Memorial United Methodist Church (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Copter — Flying Medicine to Tangier (a few steps from this marker); Tangier Island Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Tangier Island Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Tangier Island World Wars I and II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Gladstone Memorial Health Center (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tangier.
 
Also see . . .  The Parson of the Islands: The Life and Times of Joshua Thomas. 2001 book by Adam Wallace on Amazon.com. “This biography of the Rev. Joshua Thomas, embraces sketches of his contemporaries, and remarkable camp meeting scenes, revival incidents and reminiscences of the introduction of Methodism on the islands of the Chesapeake and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. Includes fascinating details of the occupation of Tangier Island and Harbor by a large British fleet during the War of 1812.” (Submitted on September 11, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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