Welcome to Assateague Village Historical

Welcome to Assateague Village Historical (HM1V49)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 Accomack County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 54.661', W 75° 21.373'

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In the 1800s, after the lighthouse was built, a small community grew up not far from here. By the early 1900s, about 225 lived in the village, which included a school, dry goods store, and a church. The residents harvested resources from the sea, hunted waterfowl and deer, gathered wild plants, and grazed livestock.

Watermen Followed the Seasons
in the fall and winiter, watermen braved freezing temperatures and winter gales to tong for Chincoteague's prized oysters. In spring and summer, they harvested clams and scallops, In the summer, they caught crabs. They ate some of their catch and sold the rest on Chincoteague Island.

Children Learned Their ABCs
Younger children were educated in a small schoolhouse in the village. Built in 1890, the one-room schoolhouse served students in grades one through six. Older children took the boat to Chincoteague to attend school.

Women Processed the Catch
Many of the village women processed menhaden into oil and fertilizer in a fish factory located in Toms Cove. Closely related to herring and sardines, menhaden spawn in the ocean and migrate into nearby bays and estuaries to feed on algae.

What Happened to the Village?
In 1922, Dr. Samuel B. Fields of Baltimore purchased most of the Virginia portion of Assateague
Island and fenced off the land. Villagers could no longer get to Tom's Cove, cutting them off from their livelihood. They gradually moved off the island, floating their houses on barges across the channel to Chincoteague. Today, all that remains of the village are a few building foundations and a cemetery.
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HM NumberHM1V49
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 17th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 468687 N 4196002
Decimal Degrees37.91101667, -75.35621667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 54.661', W 75° 21.373'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 54' 39.66" N, 75° 21' 22.38" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Lighthouse Trail Exit, Chincoteague Island VA 23336, US
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