"Everyone Said "You Will Love Onancock"" Onancock by grandmaR

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In 1680, after the Virginia Assembly?s Act of Cohabitation allowed each county to establish port-of-entry towns, Accomack County chose the small peninsula at the head of Onancock Creek called Port Scarburgh (the former name of Onancock) which was already well established.

In 1681, surveyor Daniel Jenifer, prepared a grid plan for the land at the head of the creek. At that time, Onancock Creek was the town?s lifeline--a valuable link to transportation, trade and communication. The creek is still important today. The Virginia DOT still uses the creek as a transfer point for barges of gravel and other materials.

In the language of the Indians, Onancock means "Foggy Place," and there was an Indian town near here when the white men first ventured into the area. Fortunately, we did not see any fog when we were here. Many homes in town today date from the first half of the 1800's. When the Union army occupied the peninsula during the Civil War, they singled out Onancock as the place that had "concocted more mischief....in the way of blockade running and disloyalty" than any other community on the Shore.

  • Last visit to Onancock: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Apr 24, 2008 at 4:22 AM

    I don't know how I missed your page until now. Next time your here, give me a shout and I'll introduce you to some of our other Eastern Shore delights.


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