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The Captain Timothy Hill House – Oldest House on Chincoteague

February 14, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

The Captain Timothy Hill HouseThe Captain Timothy Hill House, the oldest house on Chincoteague Island, is full of history. If it weren’t for the care of some sharp-eyed residents, however, it may have simply become history!

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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Save Your Appetite for Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019

September 13, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019Come 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!

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Don’t Miss Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off 2019

August 12, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chili Chowder Cook Off 2019An end of summer favorite, the annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off & Car Show is coming right up! September 28th, 2019, 10am to 5pm at the Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds.

Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off is so much fun you don’t even have to like chili OR chowder to enjoy yourself (but it wouldn’t hurt). The event draws amateur and professional chefs to Chincoteague from all around the region, every year. Each comes ready to compete with their best chili and/or chowder recipes.

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World’s Largest Golf Outing and a Chincoteague Crab Feast

July 5, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Worlds Largest Golf Outing 2019 You’ve got to love summer. Not only is the weather fabulous, there is just so much to do and see. Virginia’s Eastern shore is no exception, with a couple of exciting events coming right up: The World’s Largest Golf Outing and a Chincoteague Crab Feast and Music Festival!

The nice thing about Chincoteage is that it doesn’t require any special events to be worth visiting. The island’s own, natural beauty and wildlife seems more than enough for most, year ’round. That being said, when we do throw a party, we know ho to do it right. The upcoming crab feast is a good example.

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Chincoteague Blueberry Festival 2019 – A Berry Good Time!

June 14, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Blueberry Festival 2019Come celebrate one of the most delicious natural foods around – and in one of Virginia’s most beautiful towns: Chincoteague Blueberry Festival 2019 – July 19th through the 21st.

2019 marks the 32nd annual return of the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival and this year’s festival is looking as exciting as ever. It seems like the festival grows in both size and attendance every year. It has now become almost as much of a popular tradition as the annual Pony Swim weekend, which it precedes by one week.

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Don’t Miss the 2019 Spring Chincoteague Pony Roundup!

March 15, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Spring Chincoteague Pony Roundup 2019This year’s spring Chincoteague pony roundup is scheduled for the weekend of April 12th and 13th, 2019. If you’ve a yen to see the famous wild horses of Chincoteague up close, this is your next opportunity!

The wild ponies of Chincoteague are one of the biggest draws to our island. People travel from all over the world to come see them during the famous annual wild pony swim and auction.

What most people don’t realize is that each year sees three chances to get up close to Chincoteague’s wild ponies, not just one.

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Museum of Chincoteague – Delve Into the Island’s Rich History

February 9, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Misty of Chincoteague at the Museum of Chincoteague

Misty of Chincoteague at the Museum of Chincoteague
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Most folks know about Misty of Chincoteague but that’s not all there is to know about Chincoteague Island. Come dig into our rich and often surprising past at the Museum of Chincoteague.

Marguerite Henry really put Chincoteague Island on the map when “Misty of Chincoteague” was published in 1947.

Her children’s story about the very real herds of wild ponies that still live on Assateague Island spawned sequels, a movie, and legions of fans. People still come to Chincoteague because of Misty and, of course, the wild ponies of Assateague.

Quite a few are excited to learn they can see the actual Misty – and her foal, Stormy – during their visit. Both are on display at the Museum of Chincoteague!

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Chincoteague New Year’s Eve – Pony Island Horseshoe Drop

December 7, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague New Years Eve 2018Hard as it may be to believe, the last day of the year is less than a month away and that means the annual Pony Island Horseshoe Drop. Come join us this year as we celebrate Chincoteague New Year’s Eve 2018!

We know how to have fun here on Chincoteague Island, a fact that is doubly true on New Year’s Eve. Instead of clustering around a television set to watch the ball drop in Times Square, we dress up in crazy costumes and watch the horseshoe drop in Robert Reed Waterfront Park!

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Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague Island

July 22, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague IslandChincoteague Island is surrounded by some of the best fishing grounds on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. In fact, fishing, clamming, and crabbing Chincoteague are some of our island’s popular activities!

When most people think of Chincoteague Island, visions of wild ponies tend to fill their heads – and why not? The annual Chincoteague Island pony swim is a very unique and special thing – but it’s hardly the only reason to visit Chincoteague Island!

Chincoteague was once known for its unique, salty oysters. While “Chincoteague Salts,” as they’re known, are still sought after, most of the currently rebounding local oyster beds were over-fished during the 19th century. Today we’re more known for our fishing, clamming, and crabbing.

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival!

May 12, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival 2017Come out to Chincoteague Island for the rides, games, fun, and food that make up the annual Volunteer Fireman's Carnival! Open every Friday and Saturday from June 24th to July 30th, 2017!

Summer! After spring, is there any other season more welcome? The warmth and light, the activity, and all the great things to see and do that make up the season. One annual summer event that’s a favorite around these parts is the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival, held every year through the month of July.

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