The first Assateague Light was built on the Virginia side of Assateague Island in 1832. The original structure proved too short, however. The red and white brick tower seen today replaced in in 1867.
The tower is 142 feet tall, the base over 27 feet in diameter, with 175 steps to the top. The tower’s twin rotating lights are 154 feet above sea level and can be seen 19 miles out to sea.
The initial beacon was just a candle. An oil lamp that needed refueling every hour replaced it. Can you imagine lugging two, five-gallon cans of oil up 175 stairs every hour? Now there’s a workout. Phew!
The beacon was eventually upgraded to a modern electronics but the light’s old, first-order Fresnel lens can still be seen at the Museum of Chincoteague.
The historic Assateague Light is one of less than 20 lighthouses of its kind still in use on the Eastern Seaboard. Best of all, it is open to the public on weekends for much of the year!
Visiting Assateague LighthouseThe Assateague Lighthouse season runs from April to November. Hours are 9am to 3pm, with a half hour closing break for lunch between 12pm and 12:30pm.
Getting to the lighthouse, which is located in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, is a simple affair. It is only a quarter of a mile (402 meters) from Chincoteague and you can easily drive, bike, or even walk there from anywhere on the island. A popular and well maintained trail leads directly to it.
Tours of the light include information about the light’s history, and what it was like to live here as a lightkeeper. You’ll also see the keeper’s house and the old oil house.
Best of all, you can climb to the top of the tower. Here, sweeping views of Chincoteague, Assateague, Wallops, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland, and more await. Simply stunning – don’t forget your camera!
It’s quite the climb, however. 175 steep stairs and not for everyone. If you do climb, be sure to wear appropriate shoes and hold onto the handrail.
Learn more at www.assateagueisland.com.
Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is a historic Chincoteague inn offering individually decorated guest rooms and luxurious amenities. Our convenient location puts the best of both islands at your fingertips. Let us help to arrange your visit with our concierge services. Book your stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today!
There’s a lot of history to be found on Chincoteague Island. 1650 saw the island’s first land grant, with Europeans settling here in the late 1700’s. By 1838, 26 homes dotted the island. Most were simple, rustic log plank homes, not designed to survive the passage of centuries. Yet one did.
Of those original 26 homes built on Chincoteague, only Captain Timothy Hill’s house remains. The house features a now rare example of early long plank construction and was the site of Chincoteague’s first recorded murder. Yet, by the 1980’s, it was abandoned, forgotten, and almost torn down.
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Come out to Chincoteague Island this October for Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019! Oysters on the half shell, steamed, frittered, single fried, and more. October 12th, 10am to 4pm in Tom’s Cove Park.
Looking for a great way to kick off your autumn? Make a break for Virginia’s eastern shore and the 47th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival!
Chincoteague Island is always a great place for getting away from it all and rejuvenating for a few days. That’s especially true with fresh seafood and one of the island’s popular annual festivals in the mix!
Although it’s no longer true that you should only eat oysters in the months containing an ‘R’ (September through April), it IS still generally true that oysters are better in autumn and winter. This is especially true in September and October, when they tend to be more plump and sweet.
Harvesting the bounty of the waters around Chincoteague played a major role in the island’s history, and oysters were a big part of that. The oyster beds around Chincoteague and Assateague produce a unique and prized variety of oyster known as “Chincoteague Salts” that took our name to banquets around the globe.
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Maui Jack’s Waterpark, one of Chincoteague’s newest attractions, opens for the season on May 25th. If water slides, pools, and rides sounds fun to you, you’ll be happy to know that Maui Jack’s is less than 5 minutes from our Chincoteague bed and breakfast.
Maui Jack’s Waterpark opened last year on Memorial Day Weekend. While the park is quite a contrast to the area’s pristine beaches and nature preserves, it was also quite popular.
The waterpark has a variety of looping body slides, straight racing slides, a Lazy River, and a separate play area for the little ones. There is also an adults-only pool, shaded cabanas, and a seating area on the beach.
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When you stay at our Chincoteague Island bed and breakfast, we provide full concierge services so you don’t have to deal with needless stresses like making restaurant or nature tour reservations. We’re always happy to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. Interested in bird watching? We’ll tell you the best spots at Assateague National Seashore and we’ll even lend you binoculars! If you need any gear, especially for the beach, we’ll be happy to give you buckets, towels, beach chairs, bikes, umbrellas, frisbees and boogie boards so you can get out and play. Beach lunches are also available.
We want our guests to enjoy the best of our beautiful little piece of the Virginia Coast. Our concierge services are an important way that guests can access the magic of this place. Some of the best experiences we help provide are opportunities to get in and on the water. The islands of Chincoteague and Assateague feature memorable sights such as the Chincoteague ponies and the picturesque Assateague Lighthouse. You simply must get on the water to really see them. There are a number of ways we can help you do this:
Boat tours – See the ponies in the summer and the wild birds visiting our shores during their seasonal migrations. Throughout the year watch dolphins, turtles and other ocean wildlife.
Fishing Trips – This is one of the great places to fish on the East Coast. We’ll be happy to arrange a chartered fishing trip for you!
Kayak, Canoe, Motor Boat, Jet Ski, Para Sail – Be the master of your own fate on the water. Get in a kayak, canoe or motor boat. Jet ski or soar on a para sail. We know all the local outdoor water adventure outfitters.
Our Chincoteague B&B provides free concierge services to our guests because we want their stays to be an absolute pleasure.
Contact us today if you’re interested in planning water activities while you enjoy the comfort and luxury of our lodging near Assateague Island.
There’s still time to plan your 2012 Labor Day weekend vacation on Chincoteague Island. Book ahead at our inn between Virginia’s Eastern Shore mainland and Assateague Island. Eight individually decorated rooms await you, all with their own private bathrooms. Some have additional amenities such as flat screen TV, fireplace and garden views. The 1848 manor house has been restored to retain its historic charm while offering all the modern amenities you expect, including free Wi-Fi. In September, it’ll still be hot, so you’ll appreciate choosing an inn near Assateague that’s fully air conditioned. The large Maryland “T”-style home also offers plenty of space to relax, whether in the three spacious common areas or out on the inviting patio and surrounding gardens.
The longer Labor Day weekend gives you plenty of time to explore the natural beauty of the Virginia coast. See the Chincoteague ponies and a variety of wildlife and wild birds at the Assateague National Seashore. Strolling its 37 miles of unspoiled beaches will help you forget any cares of the workaday world. Bask on the sands of Assateague Beach or get on the water and kayak lazily past Assateague Lighthouse. You can also reach the lighthouse by biking or hiking the trail that goes from Chincoteague to Assateague Island.
As a traditional fishing village in one the the great fishing areas of the Atlantic coast, there’s also great fishing in Chincoteague. Rent some gear from a local fishing shop and peacefully fish off the pier. You can also hire a fishing charter to do some serious deep sea fishing or take a scenic cruise to see ponies, dolphins and the gorgeous Chincoteague sunset.
If you like the shopping and dining out, our inn near Assateague is right on Chincoteague’s historic Main Street. You can walk to enjoy the fresh seafood restaurants and unique shops of Chincoteague.
After a day of playing or relaxing, you’ll love coming home to the luxuries and comforts of your guest room in our Chincoteague inn.
If this sounds like a great way to spend the long Labor Day weekend, give us a call at (757) 336-5436 or check availability today!