In 1608, Captain John Smith discovered what the Native Americans had known for centuries about Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
“Heaven and earth,” he declared, “have never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation”.
It’s still true today. Nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Onancock, in Accomack County, offers the small-town tranquility of a bygone age, yet with convenient highway links to the Norfolk/Tidewater area, Salisbury, Wilmington, Baltimore and Washington, DC.
It’s hard to believe such a relaxing enclave could still exist on the eastern seaboard – until you see it for yourself. But, no need to wait – start your visit now by clicking on the one of the links below and discover a way of life Captain Smith would still envy today.
Away from it all, yet so close
Onancock is approximately 50 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. If you’re coming from the north, we’re 60 miles south of Salisbury, Maryland.
Driving to Onancock from Wilmington, Delaware (and points north): Take Delaware SR-1 (toll road) south from Wilmington 43 miles. Take the US-13 exit for Norfolk/Salisbury, go 2 miles. Turn left onto US Highway 13. Stay on US-13 for 115 miles. Turn right onto Market Street (VA-179). Downtown Onancock is 2 miles straight ahead.
Driving to Onancock from Washington/Baltimore: Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Go east on US-50 to Salisbury, 79 miles. Exit onto the Salisbury Bypass/US-13, following signs for Norfolk, and travel 60 miles south on US-13. Turn right onto Market Street (VA-179). Downtown Onancock is 2 miles straight ahead.
Driving to Onancock from Norfolk/Virginia Beach: Take the Northampton Boulevard exit from I-64. Stay on Northampton Boulevard to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Cross the Chesapeake Bay. Drive north on US Highway 13 50 miles. Turn left onto Market Street (VA-179). Downtown Onancock is 2 miles straight ahead.