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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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Don’t Miss the Fall 2019 Chincoteague Pony Roundup!

September 15, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Pony Roundup Fall 2019See the famous wild horses of Chincoteague up close during their annual Fall Chincoteague Pony Roundup. The Autumn 2019 Roundup is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th.

If you thought the annual Pony Swim was the only time you could come see the wild horses of Assateague, think again!

In fact, there are three opportunities each year to see the wild ponies. There’s the Pony Swim (of course) but also the spring and fall roundups. While the purpose of the annual swim is for a health check and an auction of foals, these other roundups provide overall health checks for the herd. The Spring session also includes releasing foals from pony auction buybacks back into the herd.

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50 Years of Love on Chincoteague

July 1, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

50 Years of Love on Chincoteague Island Virginia2019 is the 50th anniversary of the “Virginia Is For Lovers” and communities across the state are celebrating with special events and promotions. Enjoy fun and savings through special events and promotions celebrating 50 Years of Love on Chincoteague!

Virginia Is For Lovers but even haters can enjoy savings and fun during this summer’s 50 Years of Love promotion. Chincoteague is certainly on board with a whole host of events and offerings between June 21st and August 10th, 2019. Come celebrate the love on Virginia’s only resort island.

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See The Wild Horses of Assateague at the 2018 Spring Pony Roundup!

March 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 Spring Pony RoundupIf you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the wild ponies of Assateague Island in person, the first opportunity of the year is right around the corner. The 2018 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 13th and 14th.

The wild ponies of Assateague Island are easily the #1 reason so many people know about and want to visit Chincoteague Island. Marguerite Henry’s popular children’s book, “Misty of Chincoteague,” continues to make that true to this very day.

The annual summer Pony Swim draws more people to the island than any other single event. But did you know that’s not the only time you can view the wild horses of Assateague Island?

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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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Tour Historic Chincoteague On Bike Or On Foot

February 15, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Tour Historic Chincoteague on a self-guided bike or walking history tour!Chincoteague Island has a fascinating history. From the Gingo-Teague tribe to the Civil War Battle of Cockle Creek, the island has stories to tell. Discover these stories and many more when you tour historic Chincoteague Island on a walking or biking tour!

Chincoteague Island is the perfect place to set off on foot or on a bike. As we’re on a small island, everything is nearby and we have the perfect blend of small town and wilderness. There are miles of trails on the islands, both in town and through the forests. There’s even a trail out to Assateague Lighthouse.

This ease of getting around the island is one of the reasons that Miss Molly’s Inn has bikes for our guests to use. They really are a wonderful way to explore our island!

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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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A Chincoteague Island Winter Getaway

October 18, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Winter GetawayIt may sound counter-intuitive but a Chincoteague Island winter getaway is your ticket to a rare and beautiful, Virginia Coast vacation that you’ll remember for years to come.

You may be picturing snow and sitting huddled around a heater when you hear “Chincoteague Island Winter Getaway,” but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Winter weather on Chincoteague Island tends to be mild, cool, and pleasant: the average temperature on Chincoteague Island in December with sunny skies is 50 degrees, making the winter holiday season the very next best time of year, after summer, to visit!

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Chincoteague Pony Penning 2013

January 21, 2013 by insideout

Has it always been a dream of yours to see the infamous Chincoteague Pony Auction? For many horse lovers and fans of Misty of Chincoteague, this event is something they’ve pictured hundreds of times. If the same goes for you, it is time to start thinking about planning your trip!

This July will mark the 88th year of the pony swim. Tens of thousands of spectators from around the world will gather on our little Island to watch this annual tradition. In this blog, we are going to give you some advice for when you attend.

July 20 & 21: The Pony Round-Up

The weekend prior to Wednesday’s Pony Swim, the “Saltwater Cowboys” – the fellas that drive the ponies across the water on horseback – will begin rounding up the approximately 150 wild ponies that live on Assateague Island.

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Misty of Chincoteague was Written Here!

January 5, 2013 by insideout

When Marguerite Henry came to Chincoteague in order to research her new book, she stayed here, in our Victorian bed and breakfast. Even in 1946, when Henry visited, this beautiful home was in use as accommodations on Chincoteague Island for vacationers and the like. The owner of the property, Molly Rowley, was a young widow who brought boarders into her home as a way to make a living after her husband passed away. Henry would sit on the porch with Miss Molly and Captain Jack, Molly’s uncle, discussing thoughts and ideas for her new book, Misty of Chincoteague.

Misty of Chincoteague

Author Marguerite Henry with the real-life Misty of Chincoteague.

History behind the Misty of Chincoteague Book

While Marguerite Henry was on the island, she attended the Pony Penning and met the Beebe family. The Beebes included Clarence and Ida Beebe, as well as their two grandchildren, Maureen and Paul. The real horse on which the book was based was actually foaled in domesticity on Chincoteague at the Beebe Ranch, not in the wild on Assateague Island as was told in the book. However, as in the book, Misty was sired by a stallion named Pied Piper, out of a dam called Phantom. Though these horses also were domesticated in real life, they too provided inspiration for the wild ponies portrayed in the novel.
Henry fell in love with Misty and wanted to purchase her from the family, but Clarence Beebe knew how much the children loved the foal and refused to sell her. Eventually, an agreement was made between Beebe and the author, and Beebe allowed Henry to purchase the horse for $150 if she included his grandchildren in her next book!
Henry followed through with the agreement and published Misty of Chincoteague in 1947, featuring Maureen, Paul, and the little filly as the main characters of the work. Misty continued to grow up on Henry’s farm in Illinois, accompanying the author on book signings across the country.

 

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