1) if by land...
Whether sitting on the liars bench swapping fish tales or at the picnic table enjoying the view, the town wharf is the place to be.
2) if by sea
We originally sailed into this harbor to weather a storm. The marina offered all the basic amenities and the town has charm to spare. Many years later my sailing buddy moved here. On one of our visits to him we ended up buying the farm we now live on.
Cokesbury Methodist Church, named for Bishops Coke and Asbury, was built on its present site in 1854. Surrounding the church on two sides—to the north and west—is the church cemetery that contains a selection of marble tombstones. A modern black metal fence encloses the cemetery. The last interment in the cemetery was before 1900. Most of the graves are those of the ministers and their families.
The Greek Revival building is the oldest church building of any denomination in the Onancock area -- Onancock's mother church. The steamboat era of prosperity prior to the turn of the 20th century led to some Victorian additions in the 1890's.
The Historic Trust website describes the church as follows: The temple-front frame church was enlarged with a Gothic Revival entrance/bell tower with spire in 1886, faces south with the principal gable roof oriented on a north/south axis. A major remodeling of the church occurred in 1892-94. The main body of the church is elevated on a raised, stuccoed brick foundation, and the exterior is clad with plain weatherboard siding.
From their website:
Keeping Faith with History
1788 -- Bishop Francis Asbury, who with Bishop Thomas Coke organized the Methodist Church in America, visited Seymour and preached in the schoolhouse in town.
1822 -- After Seymour's death in 1821, the Methodists moved their meeting place to an abandoned mill near the town square.
1854 -- Cokesbury Methodist Church, named for Bishops Coke and Asbury, was built on its present site...
1996 -- Cokesbury's services were discontinued when its few remaining members could no longer keep the church active...
2001 -- Physical renovation began when Cokesbury property was conveyed to Market St. United Methodist Church by the Virginia Annual Conference in June 2001.
The church was damaged by Hurricane Hazel in 1954, and most recently in 2006 by Tropical Storm Ernesto blew off half the roof.
Clamming in the mud. Just at the edge of the water you can purchase a lease to farm clams. For more info on thie you can check out my Aquaculture in Virginia tip
The best beach's are worth the effort to get to. You need to take a boat and go to one of the many tiny islands dotting the Chesapeake bay or one of the barrier Islands on the Sea Side (Atlantic Ocean).
Because it takes extra time and effort to get to the islands the are frequently sparsely populated. Although the photos here were one of the busiest holiday celebrations, July 4th.
The waters tend to be a warm temperature with mild tides on the bay side. Often shallow wading water at the bay beach very gradually gives way to cooler deeper waters for the water sports and mooring boats.
One warning, the tides can just about cover most of these islands. So enjoy your day but be ready to move on if the tide is reclaiming its sedge.
Onancock is on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. This is a pennisula in Cheasapeak Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.
To the east the Atlantic ocean is dotted with barrier islands.
This is virtually unspoiled land compared to most of the east coast of the U.S.
A marine biologists or wildlife lovers dream.
If you don't have the prerequiset ATV you can take your cue from this bunch.
Just dive in and have fun!
A good way to bond with your children or students as well as a great time for you and your spouse.
This is a great pastime. A dirt bike, three wheeler, all terrain vehicle or 4 wheel drive are your best bet for riding in the swamp.
Fun for all ages!
Let go of your inhabitions and let your inner muddy child out!