Features

By Martha Wessells Steger -- The newest exhibition at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, “New Virginians: 1619-2019 & Beyond,” reaches across the Chesapeake Bay to Virginia’s Eastern Shore with at least three personal connections. By way of background, think back fewer than 50 years ago, when only one in...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Cape Charles-Northampton County African American Heritage Festival will return this coming July Fourth weekend, with food, games, music, and more. The fifth annual festival will celebrate the history and legacy of African Americans in Cape Charles and greater Northampton County who have contributed to the...
By Linda Cicoira -- Aaron Lee Ayers, of Exmore, will mark his 100th birthday this Saturday, June 29.  The centennial quest is not going to stop him from looking for a wife -- preferably skinny but age doesn’t matter and looks are not that important.  He plans to continue exercising via...
With Isabella Bono-Evans, Documented by Krystle Bono -- A perfect option for beating the summer heat mid-beach day, Toms Cove Visitor Center on the Assateague Island National Seashore brings a nice, cool way to spend an afternoon hour while the kids can learn about the history of the refuge and...
By Linda Cicoira -- The Chincoteague Island barn where the famous wild pony, Misty, once lived, burned to the ground late Tuesday night, according to spokesperson Denise Bowden, of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. Two houses in the vicinity suffered some exterior damage. There were no injuries. The barn belonged...
By Krystle Bono -- The smell of funnel cake and sounds of giggling kids will fill the warm, summer air surrounding the Chincoteague Carnival grounds once again as the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company opens its gates for the 94th season, beginning this weekend. Ninety-four years is a long time. To...
Story and photo by Stefanie Jackson – Audrey Furness is retiring after 36 years serving on the Accomack County School Board, and very little of that experience has been negative, she says. “Our children, we have to do everything we can for them,” she said in an interview with the...
Photos by Stefanie Jackson – Juneteenth was celebrated in Exmore Town Park again this year, June 15-16. The festival commemorates June 19, 1865, when the end of the Civil War and slavery was announced in Texas. (Click on any photo below to view the gallery.)
With Isabella Bono-Evans, Documented by Krystle Bono -- The brightly hued red and white bands stand tall and on guard within the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, its stoic presence on Assateague Island having existed since 1867. The Assateague Light, in all its historical glory, can be seen from so...
By Krystle Bono -- The islands are marked with many notable pieces of history, from the famous ponies that graze the shores of Assateague to the towering red and white lighthouse that greets guests entering the National Wildlife refuge. Chincoteague also holds a historical treasure, a hidden gem that is...