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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.

Official Website of Onancock, Virginia

Official Website of Accomack County, Eastern Shore of Virginia

Eastern Shore Tourism Commission

Away from it all, yet so close

from onancock.org

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.

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