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Wachapreague is on the seaside of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Population 236. It's the flounder fishing capital of the universe.
The Wachapreague Channel winds from the town, through the marsh, out to the barrier islands. Between Cedar and Parramore Islands it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Easy access to the marsh and ocean makes this a popular place for fishermen.
Wachapreague History and Walking Tour
Until 1872 this area was just a single farmhouse and its fields. Then a wharf was built and produce was shipped from here to northern markets. In 1884, a steamboat began making trips between Wachapreague and New York City. Hotel Wachapreague became a popular destination of visitors from the north.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
17 Brooklyn Avenue
Shops, Restaurants and Hotels in Wachapreague
There are two places to eat in Wachapreague. Fish Tales Restaurant at the Wachapreague Marina (15 Atlantic Avenue), has breakfast, lunch, dinner and box lunches to take with you on your boat. The Island House is a more substantial restaurant on the waterfront. The view is great.
There are a couple little shops one block from the waterfront on Main Street. Go hog wild.
The Wachapreague Inn is located in town within easy walking distance of the restaurants, marinas and market. They offer efficiency apartments, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, and an entire house with 13 beds and 5 1/2 bathrooms. The closest hotels outside of town are the the Quality Inn in Onley or the Best Western, Hampton Inn & Suites, or the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Exmore.
Wachapreague Virginia Real Estate
This little waterfront town is filled with modest homes on small lots. Most have inviting porches. It's an all-American kind of place. The big marina and boat ramps are the main attraction. In big storms there's sometimes flooding along the waterfront, but the town stays dry for the most part.
The seaside biting flies and mosquitos are legendary. That's the price you pay to live on the water. The bugs are really only a problem on summer mornings and evenings.
All homes and businesses in Wachapreague have their own wells and septic systems. Have them professionally checked if you're buying a house! A replacement alternative septic system might cost $15,000.
There are many wonderful places to live on the Eastern Shore, but there are a few pitfalls to avoid too. Be an informed buyer and you'll be a happy buyer. Learn about new developments at our real estate on the Eastern Shore page.
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