By Tom Badger
Accomack County's background revolves round parts: the land and the ocean. The land is fertile, able to generating nice bounty, and Accomack is surrounded via the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. So Accomack has loved merits: a capability to provide nutrition and the technique of getting it to industry. Public wharves have been as soon as positioned on many creeks the place farmers might convey plants for marketplace. Then, in 1884, the railroad got here via. The railroad created new towns—Parksley, Onley, Keller, Tasley, and Painter—and it intended the loss of life of the varied public wharves. this day every one of these outdated amassing locations exist merely as names on a map and maybe a set of twisted pilings on the water's part, the final tangible facts of a time in our historical past long gone.
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He was 65 when this picture was taken in 1972, and he was still turning out 110 to 125 barrels a day. ) Samuel T. Outlaw was a well-known resident of Onancock for many years. A native of Windsor, North Carolina, he was born in 1899 and attended what now is Hampton University, graduating with the class of 1925. He came to the Eastern Shore in 1926 and began a blacksmith shop on Boundary Avenue. He worked as a farrier and did metalwork on strawberry wagons when local farmers depended upon horse power, and later he did a wide variety of welding and metal repair work.
Beecher of Pine Grove and W. K. Woodbury of Pottsville bought the island from Capt. John W. Bunting, a prominent Chincoteague businessman, and other shareholders. The Wallops Island Association was chartered in 1899 and held annual meetings until the group dissolved nearly 60 years later. ) Wallops Club children provided a great example of early-20th-century recycling, turning this wooden shipping crate into a fine boat. The crate is addressed to club member J. W. Fuller in care of Capt. B. F. Scott, the longtime caretaker who lived in a cottage on the island prior to construction of the clubhouse.
A brick school was built on the property in 1932. ) Accomack’s oldest school still standing is Locustville Academy, in the community of Locustville. In the late 1800s, education was very much a private affair in Accomack, with numerous academies and at least one college. Most schools in the county had only one teacher. The Locustville Academy was established by the Baptist church. ) Onancock High School was built in 1921 on the site of the old Margaret Academy and the Atlantic Female Institute, which existed prior to the Civil War.