We are so excited that Memorial Day is right around the corner!
On the Eastern Shore, we love to celebrate our history and remember those that paved the way for us today! This Memorial Day, in between chilling on the beach and checking out your favorite restaurants and shops, be sure to stop in at these historical military sites!
WWII Bunker and Cannon Barrel at the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Originally, this national wildlife refuge was Fort John Custis, then the Cape Charles Air Force Station, until the refuge came to be in 1984. You can catch a glimpse of the area’s military history when you visit the Bunker Overlook with WWII Gun Barrel.
Scott Hall Cemetery
Located in the historic town of Onancock, Scott Hall Cemetery is the final resting place of Maryland’s Commodore Whaley who was killed in the Battle of the Barges just outside of the mouth of Onancock Creek in 1782. The battle was the last naval action of the Revolutionary War.
Originally a rich man’s club, Mockhorn Island was taken over during the time of WWII by the US Military as a sportman’s retreat for high-ranking officers. The island held a mansion, a working farm, and several observation tours. You can access the island by boat and it is open year-round to the public for bird watching, photography, primitive camping, rail and waterfowl hunting and trapping. Please be careful as you explore the island!
Coast Guard Assateague Lighthouse
Built in 1867, the light was originally kept lit with oil but was converted to electric in 1933. The lighthouse is now open for tours. You can access it on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at the end of a short hike through the woods.
Read more about it on the National Wildlife Refuge site.
Kiptopeke’s Concrete Ships
With a history shrouded in obscurity, the concrete ships at Kiptopeke are definitely a must-stop for any history lover. Constructed during WWII due to a shortage of plate steel, they were among two dozen of these unique boats built to haul goods and weapons. They were sunk here to create a protective barrier for the shore line. Read more about the history of these impressive ships on the Abandoned Country blog.
When you get back from your adventures, be sure to tag us in your photos! Use the hashtags #visitesva and #off13.