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Onancock, Virginia

Onancock, VA is a charming historic town situated on Onancock Creek just west of the town of Onley. The towns name is an old Indian name meaning “Foggy Place” and was the location of the Accomack county port authorized by the Virginia Assembly in 1680.

This town loaded with three centuries of history also had a ferry that ran to Norfolk in 1832 and the town was incorporated in 1882. After the Civil War Onancock became a common stop for the steamboats that carried folks up and down the Chesapeake Bay.

The town of Onancock offers walking tours and has many historic homes that are able to be seen during the Artesian tour during the holidays. One of the most popular stops is the Hopkins & Brothers Store established in 1842 located right on the wharf and is a Virginia Historic Landmark.

*information and works cited gathered from “off 13 The Eastern Shore of Virginia Guidebook.”

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