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 by means of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. So Accomack has loved merits: a capability to supply meals and the technique of getting it to industry. Public wharves have been as soon as positioned on many creeks the place farmers could carry vegetation 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 death of the various public wharves. at the present time every one of these previous accumulating locations exist simply as names on a map and maybe a suite of twisted pilings on the water's area, the final tangible facts of a time in our heritage gone.
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Martin IV and Webster Martin, Jack Marsh, Randy Lewis, Don Dragan, Helen Vincent, Andy Killmon, O. W. Mears, Carl Thornton, Jackie Spicer, and John Roache. Many thanks go to all who shared their photographs, their memories, and their experiences of life in Accomack County. This is a wonderful way of sharing our past, of demonstrating to a new generation and to new residents the rich history and culture of a land framed by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. INTRODUCTION The fertile land and the waters that surround Accomack County have shaped its history and culture.
Even though the railroad opened in 1884, steamboats continued to carry a large amount of freight. The link between Onancock and Baltimore was especially popular among local passengers who wanted to spend a few days shopping in the city. ) The Hopkins and Brother store in Onancock was the hub of activity at the wharf. The business began in 1842 and was in operation until the 1960s. At its peak in the late 1800s, Hopkins and Brother operated a fleet of sailing ships to import and export goods and produce.
W. Bagwell II, the company’s founder. (Courtesy of I. W. ) The Bagwell Oil Company was started in 1915, delivering oil to homes and businesses in the Onancock area. Originally the office was in the near side of this building, which housed a General Electric appliance dealership. (Courtesy of I. W. ) In addition to delivering heating oil, Bagwell opened one of the first service stations in Onancock. This one, which included a “car laundry,” was at the corner of Market and Hill Streets, where the Corner Mart convenience store is now located.