By Tom Badger
Accomack County's heritage revolves round components: the land and the ocean. The land is fertile, in a position to generating nice bounty, and Accomack is surrounded by way of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. So Accomack has loved benefits: a capability to supply foodstuff and the technique of getting it to industry. Public wharves have been as soon as situated on many creeks the place farmers may deliver vegetation for industry. Then, in 1884, the railroad got here via. The railroad created new towns—Parksley, Onley, Keller, Tasley, and Painter—and it intended the dying of the various public wharves. at the present time each one of these previous amassing areas exist in simple terms as names on a map and maybe a suite of twisted pilings on the water's area, the final tangible proof of a time in our historical past long gone.
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ON THE COVER: Wallops Island is well known today as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space flight center, but in the late 1800s, it was a popular gathering place for vacationers. The island was purchased by a group from Pennsylvania in 1887, and a large frame hotel was built. The Wallops Island Club existed until the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, the forerunner of NASA, acquired the property through condemnation in 1945. Here a group of club members and guests gathers on the beach with the hotel in the background.
Onancock High School merged with Central High School to create Nandua High, and the building was used for numerous purposes over the years. It currently is used for community activities, arts, and other public events. ) In the early 1900s, Onancock High School had a corps of cadets that trained on the school grounds. The school, then located on Kerr Street, had three teachers and 119 students in 1900. The brick high school on College Avenue replaced the Kerr Street school in 1921. Dr. John Robertson, then a cadet, is fourth from the left.
This late-1920s aerial view of the Onancock harbor shows the north and central branches of the creek, as well as the two bridges (Bagwell, bottom, and Ames) to Prospect Heights and the main streets in town. Market Street runs from the harbor through town. King Street parallels it on the left, and Kerr Street is seen in the top left portion of the photograph. The BC&A Pier is in the lower portion of the photograph, and a steamboat is docked at the west end of King Street. (A. ) This is the steamer Virginia docked at the BC&A Pier in Onancock around 1930.