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Visit and Tour Assateague Lighthouse – Gateway to History

March 11, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Lighthouse 2019The majestic, red and white striped tower of Assateague Lighthouse opens to visitors in April. Come discover the history and amazing views from the top of this iconic Virginia coast lighthouse!

Assateague Lighthouse is located within the pristine confines of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The historic red and white stripped tower shares the island with white tailed deer, Sika elk, colorful waterfowl, and the famous wild horses.

The Assateague Light is part chain of historic coastal lighthouses. While many historic lighthouses have been decommissioned over the years, around 20 remain in service, including Assateague.

Despite being an active light, Assateague Lighthouse is opened to visitors during the warmer months each year.

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The Top Ten Things To Do On Chincoteague Island

January 21, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Top Ten things to do on ChincoteagueOur Virginia coast island is quite famous for the annual wild pony swim – but what else is there to do when that’s over? Quite a lot, actually. Follow along as we list some of the most popular things to do on Chincoteague Island.

There is always something fun or interesting to see and do here. The island is a beautiful, Virginia coast paradise all year ’round. That being said, we’re also a small community. Visitors frequently wonder what all there is to do here, especially this time of year – during the “off-season.”

As we’ve said before, for many the “off-season” isn’t “off” at all – it’s THE best time for a visit. It’s almost treated like a big secret: all the best parts of the island are still here, only the crowds of tourists are missing!

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Maui Jack’s Waterpark – Chincoteague’s Newest Attraction

July 13, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Maui Jack's WaterparkChincoteague Island gained a new attraction this summer. Maui Jack’s Waterpark offers over 4 acres of slides, rides, pools, cabanas, and more!

Given Chincoteague Island’s lovely waters and pristine beaches, you wouldn’t necessarily think we needed a water park. Then again, it’s nice to have something new in the mix of local attractions – and Maui Jack’s is definitely that!

Maui Jack’s Waterpark opened on Memorial Day Weekend this year and is located next to the Chincoteague Island KOA.

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The Captain Timothy Hill House – Chincoteague’s Oldest House

May 18, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Captain Timothy Hill HouseChincoteague Island’s Captain Timothy Hill House, built circa 1800, was abandoned in 1954, its past forgotten, and was almost torn down – but happy fate intervened. Come discover the oldest house on Chincoteague Island – The Captain Timothy Hill House!

The Captain Timothy Hill House was long thought to be just an old eyesore. The dilapidated, one room structure sat on Chincoteague’s historic Main Street beneath vines and a facade of rotting weatherboard.

A local couple decided the old building, properly cleaned up and moved once again, would make a good bicycle shed. Little did they realize what they were getting into.

Closer inspection revealed dovetailed log plank construction and other interior details that aroused suspicion. Most curious were the depictions of early sailing ships carved into its exterior walls. Could this old shack have greater significance?

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Watch A NASA Rocket Launch From Chincoteague Island!

May 15, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Watch a NASA rocket launch from Chincoteague Island!When you think of Chincoteague Island, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Ponies? Warm beaches? How about NASA rocket launches? It’s true, you can watch them from Chincoteague!

Chincoteague Island is popular for many reasons.

First, there are the wild horses of Assateague Island and the upcoming annual pony penning, swim, and auction.

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Visit the Island Home of Misty of Chincoteague!

May 12, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite HenryChincoteague Island is famous for a number of reasons but one of the bigger reasons is a children’s book by Marguerite Henry entitled “Misty of Chincoteague.”

“Misty of Chincoteague” is the touching story of one of Assateague’s wild ponies and the two children who hope to purchase her at Chincoteague’s annual wild pony swim and auction.

A beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated book aimed at children but enjoyed by people of all ages, “Misty of Chincoteague” is second only to “Black Beauty” as America’s best selling horse book. It was even made into a movie, filmed here on Chincoteague and starring David Ladd.

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Discover Assateague Lighthouse

January 15, 2016 by insideout

Discover Assateague LighthouseCome to Chincoteague Island and visit Assateague Lighthouse, located in the pristine Assateague Island National Seashore with it’s marshes, beaches, wild horses, Sika elk, and colorful, endangered waterfowl.

There are numerous reasons to come to Chincoteague Island, not the least of which are the wild ponies, made famous, in part, by Marguerite Henry’s book “Misty of Chincoteague.” Then there are Chincoteague’s beaches, boat tours, activities like fishing, birding, biking, and hiking. We also have a town of quaint shops, galleries – and who can forget our restaurants with their delicious, fresh seafood?

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Visit the Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market

August 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Farmer's MarketLooking for some fun and locally grown and prepared foods during your Virginia Coast getaway? If so, the Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market is for you!

Across the nation, farmer’s markets are making a come back as more and more people focus on locally grown, healthy, whole and raw foods. Trendy or not, that’s a good thing. Farmer’s markets promote local economic health and are more sustainable than big, corporate markets. Sustainability begins with locally grown and prepared food, as well as other goods.

Plus, as those of us in smaller communities who’ve never lost our farmer’s markets know, it isn’t all about sustainability, either – it’s also about fresher, tastier, superior food!

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Step Into History at the Museum of Chincoteague

May 23, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Museum of ChincoteagueVirginia’s Chincoteague Island has a long and colorful history and a visit to The Museum of Chincoteague (previously The Oyster & Maritime Museum) is sure to both entertain and enlighten!

The Chincoteague island community has a 200-year history that is a rich gumbo of native Americans and European explorers, revolutionary soldiers and wild ponies, shipwrecks, oysters, and the Civil War.

This small, barrier island lying just four miles off the Virginia Coast has seen a lot and, as “America’s Number One Beach Town”, is still weaving its story.

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Chincoteague Island – America’s Happiest Seaside Town!

March 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island - America's Happiest Seaside TownCoastal Living magazine recently picked Chincoteague, Virginia as America’s Happiest Seaside Town – #1 out of a list of 10 finalists. We here on Chincoteague Island just nodded and smiled: yeah – we knew that!

Coastal Living’s breakdown of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns for 2014 included some wonderful places – such as Saugatuck, Michigan, Captiva Island, Florida, and Haleiwa, Hawaii – but we weren’t too terribly surprised to find ourselves at the top.

There are lots of things about Chincoteague Island that qualify it as America’s #1 happiest seaside town

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