People know Chincoteague Island for its wild ponies and beaches but there’s a lot more to us than that! Tour Chincoteague Island on a Teaguer’s Tump Tour and step back in time to discover our island’s storied and colorful history.
Teaguer’s Tump Tours are the only tours of Chincoteague Island that aren’t on the water. While you’ll certainly enjoy any one of the Chincoteague Island boat tours that are available, Teaguer’s Tump Tours are decidedly different.
First let’s dig into that name.
If you haven’t already guessed, “Teaguer” is derived from “Chincoteague,” and is a name locals have for themselves as in: I live on the island, I am a Teaguer. But what about Tump? It sounds like a misspelling of our president’s name!
A “tump” is a word meaning, among other things, a clump or tuft of grass – in fact, it may be a combination of both those words. In any case, Chincoteague Island has lots of these tumps along the shoreline; clumps of grass poking up out of the water like little islands. Consequently, Teaguers often refer to Chincoteague Island itself as “the Tump” – thus Teaguer’s Tump Tours!
Teaguer’s Tump Tours are provided by fifth-generation Teaguer, Denise Bowden. Bowden is Chincoteague’s vice mayor, public relations officer for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, an ambulance driver, and a business owner. She knows Chincoteague Island, past and present.
Teaguer’s Tump Tours tour Chincoteague Island in a comfortable, 14-passenger van. The 2-hour tour focuses on Chincoteague’s Historic Main Street, back roads, driveways, and other locations that might otherwise escape your notice. Learn about local history, heritage, and long-gone industries.
But that’s not all! You’ll also hear legends, lore, and learn about the colorful characters that helped shape our community. The tales of mysteries, murders, explosions, and the island brothel are told with a good mix of humour and rumor thrown in. Bowden’s Chincoteague knowledge is practically encyclopedic and she is more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
The unique and informative perspective on the island offered by Teaguer’s Tump Tours will not disappoint.
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Teaguer’s Tump Tours – 757-894-3285
Teaguer’s Tump Tour hours vary with the season. Right now they’re available on weekends from 10am to 1pm. After Memorial Day Weekend, they will be offered Monday through Saturday from 10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm. Visit the Teaguer’s Tump Tours Facebook page for current tour rates and dates.
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