Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast: Miss Molly's Inn near Assateague

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Climb to the Top of Historic Assateague Lighthouse

March 15, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Lighthouse 2019See Chincoteague from a new and breath-taking perspective when you climb to the top of Assateague Lighthouse. This historic, Virginia coast light tower has been guiding ships to safety since 1867 and opens its doors to visitors every April.

Few structures are as iconic and evocative as lighthouses. Designed to be visible from great distances, they serve as important warnings and guides to ships at sea.

As navigation, weather prediction, and other technologies have advanced, the number of active lighthouses has declined. In fact, Assateague Lighthouse is one of only 20, east coast lighthouses of its kind still in operation.

Here on Chincoteague, the 142 foot tall lighthouse on our eastern horizon is difficult to miss. Its distinctive red and white tower and unique, double-flash pattern can be seen up to 19 miles out to sea. It’s a photogenic magnet on land, too, drawing curious visitors from all over to see the historic beacon up close.

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Misty of Chincoteague and Miss Molly’s Inn

February 6, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite HenryAs a visitor to Chincoteague, you’re likely aware of the “Misty of Chincoteague” children’s book. What you might not know is that the author, Marguerite Henry, wrote parts of the book right here on the island and that she was staying at Miss Molly’s Inn at the time.

I’m sure you have heard of love at first sight, or maybe you are lucky enough to have felt that way in your own life. Well, that is just how Marguerite Henry felt the first time she saw Misty. Marguerite knew from the moment she saw the new born foal, that the book she was about to write needed to be about Misty, no other pony would do.

You see, Marguerite Henry came to Chincoteague in 1946, with only a little information about the island and an event called Pony Penning. Lucky for her, and us all, she picked Miss Molly’s Inn as her home away from home while gathering her ideas for her book. She would often spend afternoons on the porch of the inn with Miss Molly and Captain Jack, discussing ideas for the book and getting some much needed advice.

Miss Molly told Marguerite that if she wanted to learn about the ponies, there would be no better person to speak to than Clarence “Grandpa” Beebe. Clarence was a stockman, he raised Chincoteague Ponies, and he was involved in the Fire Dept and the roundup. It seemed like a perfect fit. Immediately, Mrs. Henry was off to find the Beebe Ranch.

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Watch a NASA Antares Rocket Launch for the ISS!

January 14, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

watch an Antares rocket launch from the NASA Wallops Flight FacilityDid you know that you can watch an Antares rocket launch to the International Space Station from right here on Chincoteague? That’s right: the NASA Wallops Flight Facility is quite close by and Chincoteague has front row seats for every launch!

Chincoteague Island’s main claim to fame may be the wild ponies but that’s hardly the only reason to visit.

In fact, people are often surprised by how much there is right here on the island. They come expecting the beaches and the ponies but … watching a live Antares rocket launch?

Really? Yes, really!

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