Visit the Captain Timothy Hill House

July 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Captain Timothy Hill House on Chincoteague IslandThe Captain Timothy Hill House is the oldest known house on Chincoteague Island – but was only recently discovered and was almost demolished!

European settlers began occupying Chincoteague Island in the late 1700′s. Built in the early 1800′s, the Captain Timothy Hill House is the only building remaining from that initial wave of settlement.

The story of Captain Timothy Hill has him shipwrecked on Assateague Island and, upon making his way to Chincoteague, settling here and building the house. Succeeding generations of Hills occupied the house up until 1954. Thereafter, it was apparently left vacant and to rot.

Threatened with destruction in 1980, the by then anonymous Captain Timothy Hill House was moved from its original location where it continued the process of falling in on itself. Fast forward to 2009 and Chincoteague resident Louisa Flaningam seeing the dilapidated remnants of the tiny home and thinking: “that’d make a good bicycle shed.” Others had long considered it an eyesore and had lobbied to have it torn down, not realizing that the home had already weathered 200 years on the island.

Covered in tarps, the roof caved in, and suffering from extensive wood rot, the Captain Timothy Hill House was moved again. In preparing it for its new life as a shed, the rotting weatherboard was removed and there, beneath, was discovered the tight, dovetail jointed corners of classic log-plank construction – an unmistakeable indicator as to the building’s advanced age. Further investigations revealed that the building had once had a wooden chimney, making the Captain Timothy Hill House only one of two buildings still standing in Virginia with such a feature.

One of the many ship carvings on the outside of the Captain Timothy Hill House on Chincoteague Island

One of the many exterior ship carvings

Then the couple dozen sailing ships carved into the houses exterior were noticed. Simple, line-art depictions of ships that would have been a very common sight on the Chincoteague of the early 1800′s. As other details emerged and the home’s history began taking shape, it was clear that the Captain Timothy Hill House could not be converted into a bicycle shed but, rather, might benefit from a restoration, and so work was begun.

Restored to its colonial era condition and honored with listing on both The Virginia Landmarks Register and The National Register of Historic Places, the Captain Timothy Hill House serves as a museum of early Chincoteague and America. Open Fridays from 1-3 p.m. during the summer season, a docent is on hand to explain the history and details of the home and life in the early 1800′s.

The Captain Timothy Hill House

5122 Main St.
Chincoteague VA 23336

captaintimothyhillhouse.com

Captain Timothy Hill House Lodging
Visiting the Captain Timothy Hill House is a great way to step back to a earlier, simpler time – but you can’t stay there. Why not stay at historic 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast? We can also provide you with amenities and service that are a combination of the best that today can offer with a a sense of those simpler, quieter times. Explore the quaint charm of Chincoteague Island and let us be your home away from home.

2014 Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

June 17th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Blueberry FestivalBlueberries – is there a more perfect food? The blueberry is both sweetly delicious and a healthy snack. Perhaps that’s why this otherwise humble, little fruit has its own celebration: The Chincoteague Blueberry Festival!

Scheduled for midsummer – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 25th, 26th, and 27th, 9am to 4:30pm – Chincoteague’s Blueberry Festival promises a great time for all – and blueberries!

Of course, one of the best parts of the festival are all the fresh, juicy, blueberries you get to eat – but you have to act fast or risk missing them when they sell out – and they will! Luckily you can pre-order yours from Dick Jones at: 540-273-2963. The same is true of Sugarbakers’ wildly popular Ultimate Blueberry Pies, available whole or by the slice. Call Sugarbakers at 757-336-3712 to make sure you get yours.

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Chincoteauge Island’s Second Saturday Art Stroll

May 14th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

see art like this wonderful painting by Dawn Tarr at Chincoteauge Island's Second Saturday Art Stroll

see wonderful art like this beautiful painting by Dawn Tarr at Chincoteauge Island’s Second Saturday Art Stroll

Chincoteague Island is known for many things – its art community not the least. And what’s one of the best ways to see Chincoteague art? Why, the Second Saturday Art Stroll, of course!

The second Saturday of each month, April though November, 6pm to 9pm, participating galleries and shops around Chincoteague Island host local artists, their art, live music, and so much more: the Second Saturday Art Stroll!

Sponsored by the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, the Second Saturday Art Stroll is a marvelous chance to see a wide variety of art and art exhibits, meet and chat with local artists, learn about process through various arts and crafts demonstrations, attend readings and book signings, enjoy live music, sample wines, cheese, and … who knows! Surprise and enjoyment are on-tap during Chincoteauge Island’s Second Saturday Art Stroll.

Participating Second Saturday Art Stroll venues on Chincoteague Island are:

aNoPheles Blues Gallery
Osprey Nest Gallery
Egret Moon Artworks
Poseidon’s Pantry
Flying Fish Gallery
Quilts by the Sea
Horse with No Name
Sundial Books
Herbs and Artistry
Threadgoodes
Island Arts
Wine, Cheese, and More
Island Butterfly Gems & Gifts

As an example of what you can expect, here’s what May 2014′s, Earth Day themed Second Saturday Art Stroll included:

A unique collection of natural health and handmade artwork at Herbs and Artistry, Multi-media art by Cindy Faith-Oehm and a Mother’s Day card workshop at Island Arts. Quilts by the Sea featured a demonstration on using a sewing machine to make a fabric basket with a simple straight stitch while Osprey Nest featured a host of paintings by artist Kevin McBride.

There was a Washington State wine tasting at Wine Cheese and More and Poseidon’s Pantry celebrated World Fair Trade Day with a talk on fair trade products and a chance to taste some of them. Sundial Books featured author Ken Poyner, who was signing his new book of short stories, Constant Animals.

Egret Moon Artworks held a demonstration on making a pot out of recycled newspaper and tips on getting your summer vegetable garden started while Threadgoodes was hosting Amy of Massage Away giving chair massages. Flying Fish Gallery displayed an exhibit of sea shells and genuine stones in silver and gold and aNoPheles Blues discussed the changing monetary value of art and a painting that bought $28.6 million in 1993.

What’s in store for June 14th’s Second Saturday Art Stroll – check back here to find out – or better yet, come to Chincoteague Island, book a summer getaway stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast, and find out in person!

2014 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

April 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Seafood FestivalSpringtime on Chincoteague Island means the return of lots of things but one of the best is fresh seafood and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival!

Chincoteague Island’s community started out as a small fishing village and, to this day, some of the best Mid-Atlantic Coast fishing waters are right here, around the island. This time of year, local anglers bring in a variety of fish, including striped bass, drumfish, and flounder. Throw in Little Neck clams and Chincoteague oysters and you have yourself the makings of a feast!

The Chincoteague Seafood Festival is a 46 year-old tradition here on the island and remains one of the best opportunities for you to sit down in the wonderful spring sunshine of Chincoteague Island and fill your bellies with fresh bounty from the sea.

Here’s a sample of the fare that will be available at the festival:

  • Little Neck steamed clams
  • single fried oysters
  • fried fish
  • full salad bar
  • sweet potato fries
  • shrimp
  • clam fritters
  • boardwalk fries
  • clam strips
  • raw oysters and clams
  • grilled chicken
  • clam chowder
  • hushpuppies
  • water and soft drinks – beer may be purchased separately

 
Live music will be provided by the Island Boy Band and there will be an Arts & Crafts show under the Big Tent so you can work up an appetite … or walk off your meal!

The 2014 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

Saturday, May 3rd, noon to 4pm
Tom’s Cove Park
8128 Beebe Road
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
For more information and tickets, please visit: www.chincoteaguechamber.com/events/chincoteague-seafood-festival

Chincoteague Lodging for the Seafood Festival
As of this writing, Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast still has rooms available. Consider a stay at our historic inn and soak up the timeless charm of Chincoteague’s island community. Even today, the island retains much of its small fishing village charm and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival provides a wonderful venue for sampling the best of the best of our local seafood. Don’t miss it.

The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup

March 10th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Spring Pony Roundup

It’s almost spring and that means the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is just about upon us. The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 11th and 12th.

What’s the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup all about, anyway?

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The Museum of Chincoteague

February 17th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Fresnel Lens displayed at the Museum Of Chincoteague

Assateague Lighthouse’s original Fresnel lens is on display at the Museum Of Chincoteague

Previously known as The Oyster & Maritime Museum, The Museum of Chincoteague houses the story of Chincoteague Island’s fascinating history.

Located just outside the entrance to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Maddox blvd, The Museum of Chincoteague’s stated mission is to collect and preserve the material culture that reflects the historical progression of the life on Chincoteague Island.

And it’s not all just ponies, I can tell you.

The islands of Chincoteague and Assateague have a history that is the stuff of seafaring legend, complete with shipwrecks and strandings that belie the peaceful and friendly faces the islands now present to visitors.

Take, for example, the January 1650 stranding of Colonel Henry Norwood by his crew on the north shore of Assateague Island. Colonel Norwood and some of his men came ashore in search of food, water, and safe harbor in which they could repair their storm-damaged ship – but the crew remaining onboard got cold feet and scarpered, marooning Norwood’s party to the island’s wilds. Norwood survived to write of the ordeal in his book “A Voyage to Virginia,” a survival ensured in part because of the oysters of Assateague.

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2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim Schedule

January 29th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim ScheduleThe schedule for the 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim is set and now is the time to start planning your trip to witness the 89th year of this famous, annual tradition!

The Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival – alive with rides, games, raffles, and lots of good food – opens each night at 7 pm during the 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim week and serves as something like a base of operations for much of the process.

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Island Manor’s 2014 Valentines Day Specials

January 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Island Manor’s 2014 Valentines Day SpecialsIsland Manor’s 2014 Valentines Day Specials – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there are few places more romantic than picturesque Chincoteague Island. Celebrate your love by bringing that special someone to the charming and intimate island community of Chincoteague for Valentine’s Day.

Historic Island Manor House is the perfect place to kindle or renew your romance. With our beautiful and unique location, quiet island community, the nearby, famous wild ponies of Chincoteague, and 37 miles of unspoiled beach on Assateague Island.

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Take the 2014 Polar Pony Plunge on Chincoteage Island!

December 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

As with most smaller, island communities, we like to do things our own way here on Chincoteage Island. The Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade on New Year’s Eve is an example of that and another is the New Year’s Day, Polar Pony Plunge on Chincoteage Island.

Come New Year’s Day afternoon – January 1st, 2014 at 1:14pm (get it?) – you are given the opportunity to display your intestinal fortitude by taking the Polar Pony Plunge. That or you can display your sanity and enthusiasm for those crazy enough to take the aforementioned Polar Pony Plunge.

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Spend New Year’s Eve on Chincoteage Island!

December 9th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Why spend New Year’s Eve on Chincoteage Island? Chincoteage Island is always a fun place to be and New Year’s Eve is no exception.

This year, legendary musician Bill Toms and blues guitarist Chaz DePaolo will once again be performing at the Island Theatre on New Year’s Eve.

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