About Us

Eastern Shore of Virginia is the ideal location to escape the commotion and chaos of everyday life. Located on a 70-mile long peninsula between the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, the Eastern Shore is known for its relaxed style of living. The Shore is dotted with tiny towns, winding salt marshes, coastal wetlands, forests and farms that brim with history and natural charm.

Explored by British Captain John Smith in 1608, who played a principal role in colonizing America, our colonial heritage is an important feature of the Eastern Shore with Native Americans and colonists playing an important part in the birth of our nation. A decade after the founding of Jamestown, the English permanently settled on the Eastern Shore leading the area to become one of the eight original Virginia shires, or counties. This rich history can still be viewed today in the local historic buildings, museums, churches and homes that date as far back as 1644 in Cape Charles and Onancock. The nation’s oldest continuous court records held in the Northampton Courthouse date back to 1632 and include stick figure signatures from local Indians. A typical coastal plain, the Eastern Shore has an extremely flat topography whose seacoast is defined by a myriad of salt marshes, small bays, inlets, and tidal creeks that make up almost 25% of Virginia’s shoreline and over 50% of its tidal marshes. The long coastline and mild ocean climate draw tourist and resort activity throughout the year.


The Eastern Shore of Virginia has a humid, temperate climate.
Average winter temperature: 40º F / 4ºC
Average summer temperature: 77ºF / 25ºC
Annual average rainfall: 42 inches
Annual average snowfall: 6.0 inches
At a glance
Average drive time to work: 15-30 minutes
Population (2010): 45,553
Median age (2010): 46.5 years
Median family income (2010): $47,767
Housing units (2010): 3,364,93

Primary enterprises: Agriculture, aquaculture, railroad, space travel, engineering, research

Getting here

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and the U.S. Highway 13 connect the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the major metro areas of the East Coast. Norfolk International Airport is served by all major U.S. carriers and Amtrak services Norfolk and Newport News.
Distance (from the Broadwater Academy campus)
61 miles north of Norfolk
146 miles east of Richmond
193 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.
212 miles south of Philadelphia


Eastern Shore of Virginia Guide, http://www.esva.com/calendar.htm
Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism, http://www.esvatourism.org/es_home/home.asp
Chamber of Commerce, http://www.eschamber.com/


There is something for everyone on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
Explore the Barrier Islands: Assateague Island National Seashore is One of the best-loved events is the annual Assateague Island Pony Swim and auction held the last week of July. Be sure to read Misty of Chincoteague by Margurite Henry before you go!

Sports enthusiasts and beachcombers find much to do including swimming, biking, sailing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, and crabbing.
Northampton and Accomac County boast 55 properties listed with the National Historic Register. Included in the list is the Almshouse Farm which houses the Barrier Island Center, a gem of a museum that works to and preserve the unique culture and history of Virginia’s Barrier Island and Eastern Shore
Nature lovers enjoy ambling through the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, Wreck & Bone Island Natural Area Preserve, and Kiptopeke State Park for bird watching and nature tours.

Learn about space research, astronomy, and rockets at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Their Visitor Center hosts an array of events, public programming and rocket launch viewings. Download the What’s Up at Wallops app to view the launch schedule.