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

Farm to Market

Kiptopeke State Park

 
 
Farm to Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
1. Farm to Market Marker
Inscription. The Eastern Shore has a rich agricultural history--from large British land grant farms to post-civil war tenant farmers and from large commercial outfits to small organic farms. Agriculture continues to be the largest economic activity on the Eastern Shore. When growing nursery plants or food we eat, farmers use Best Management Practices (BMPs) to manage environmental impacts. Locally grown produce can be found at roadside stands through the area.

Railroads
Rail service on the Eastern Shore was designed to connect New York and Norfolk, two major harbors in the late 19th century.

Rail service completely changed the lives of people living on the Eastern Shore. Railroads coupled with ferry service opened new markets and gave residents a new found mobility.

Rail service ended in 1958, but Cape Charles Historical Society, Eastern Shore Railroad Museum, and Barrier Island Center still pay homage to the history of railroads on the Eastern Shore.

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(lower right) Many farmers were able to bring their produce to the wharf by boat where it was loaded onto railcars. The railcars were transported by ferry across the Bay to Norfolk or north to New York. The produce was sold in urban markets. Photo courtesy of Cape Charles Historical Society.
 
Location.
Farm to Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
2. Farm to Market Marker
37° 10.055′ N, 75° 59.203′ W. Marker is in Cape Charles, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker is on Kiptopeke Drive 0.4 miles west of Florida Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3540 Kiptopeke Drive, Cape Charles VA 23310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maritime Highway (here, next to this marker); Chesapeake Bay (here, next to this marker); The Dunes (here, next to this marker); A Good Start (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Concrete Ships (about 700 feet away); Fisherman Island NWR (approx. 3.4 miles away); Arlington (approx. 3.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Mansion Site (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Charles.
 
Also see . . .  Kiptopeke State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (Submitted on October 17, 2016.) 
 
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Sign at the entrance to Kiptopeke State Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 21, 2016
3. Sign at the entrance to Kiptopeke State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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