By Tom Badger
Accomack County's heritage revolves round parts: the land and the ocean. The land is fertile, able to generating nice bounty, and Accomack is surrounded by means of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. So Accomack has loved benefits: a capability to supply meals and the technique of getting it to industry. Public wharves have been as soon as positioned on many creeks the place farmers could deliver vegetation for marketplace. Then, in 1884, the railroad got here via. The railroad created new towns—Parksley, Onley, Keller, Tasley, and Painter—and it intended the death of the varied public wharves. at the present time almost all these outdated collecting areas exist in basic terms as names on a map and maybe a set of twisted pilings on the water's facet, the final tangible facts of a time in our historical past long gone.
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The store at the time was located a short distance north of its present location. Currently it is owned by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society and is used as a restaurant. ) This snowy view of the central branch of Onancock Creek was taken in the 1950s before the wooden Ames Street bridge was replaced by a concrete structure. The area to the right is Prospect Heights, one of the residential areas of Onancock. The business district is across the bridge on the left. ) This postcard shows the square hotel (left), called Mount Prospect “Summer Resort” on Onancock Creek.
Unlike potatoes, strawberries could not be stored until the market conditions were at a peak. They had to be sold when they ripened, and long lines at auction blocks were a common sight in spring in Accomack. ) These berries were being loaded at the strawberry block in Onley in May 1926. Onley was for many years the busiest strawberry market in Accomack. The auction block was located between the exchange building and the railroad station. At the height of the season, Onley shipped 65 refrigerated railcars filled with strawberries in a single day.
Most came for inshore fishing for flounder, but offshore fishing for tuna and marlin became increasingly popular in the 1980s and 1990s. This c. 1950 photograph shows part of the fishing fleet with the Hotel Wachapreague in the background. ) Wachapreague was not strictly a fishing community. The downtown part, shown here in the 1930s, had grocery stores, drugstores, a theater, a pool hall, and numerous other retail establishments. This part of town was significantly damaged during the storm of 1933.