By Tom Badger
Accomack County's heritage revolves round components: 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 merits: a capability to provide foodstuff and the technique of getting it to marketplace. Public wharves have been as soon as positioned on many creeks the place farmers may convey plants 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 loss of life of the various public wharves. this day each one of these previous collecting locations exist basically as names on a map and maybe a set of twisted pilings on the water's part, the final tangible facts of a time in our heritage long gone.
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The blast did its intended job, but it shattered the windows of a neighboring house, and for some time, local residents referred to Dr. John as “Dr. ) Harborton, on Pungoteague Creek, was one of the busiest waterfront communities in the county in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Hoffman’s Wharf, as it was known in those days, was one of the major shippers of potatoes, serving a large farming community in southwestern Accomack. The town had a fish processing plant that employed many people, and there was a large covered wharf flanked by numerous small shops and businesses, creating something of a water community on pilings.
The building on the far right is the Auditorium Theatre, currently the site of the North Street Playhouse. The steeple in the background is that of the Onancock Baptist Church. ) This is a 1937 view of Market and North Streets, taken from the west. Businesses on the left side of the street include Scott’s Furniture, Babel James’ Soda Shop, Mathias’ Five and Dime, the A. Greenburg clothing store, and Wise’s Drug Store. ) North Street in Onancock in 1937 was a busy place. Scott and Carmine’s Hardware is on the right.
This photograph, taken in the early 1900s when it was a private residence, shows the mansion with a cupola, since removed, and a white picket fence. ” In 1890, seafood vendors, such as this one in Accomac, would travel the streets of town selling fresh fish and other items from the back of their carts. In the mid-20th century, fish men were commonplace in local communities. If one heard a horn blowing down the street, chances are it was the fish man announcing his presence. There still are a few around.