By Tom Badger
Accomack County's heritage revolves round parts: the land and the ocean. The land is fertile, able to generating nice bounty, and Accomack is surrounded through the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. So Accomack has loved benefits: a capability to supply foodstuff and the technique of getting it to marketplace. Public wharves have been as soon as situated on many creeks the place farmers might convey vegetation for industry. Then, in 1884, the railroad got here via. The railroad created new towns—Parksley, Onley, Keller, Tasley, and Painter—and it intended the dying of the various public wharves. this day almost all these previous amassing areas exist in basic terms as names on a map and maybe a set of twisted pilings on the water's area, the final tangible proof of a time in our heritage gone.
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World War II brought years of rationing and sacrifice in Accomack County. Sugar, coffee, and canned goods were hard to come by, and residents were encouraged to “share the meat” in a government program that urged civilians to reduce their meat consumption so American soldiers and Allies could have more. Clothing and shoes were scarce in local stores, and silk and nylon hose disappeared altogether. But it did not take long for things to get back to normal once the war ended. In December 1946, pork was again on the menu.
It currently is used for community activities, arts, and other public events. ) In the early 1900s, Onancock High School had a corps of cadets that trained on the school grounds. The school, then located on Kerr Street, had three teachers and 119 students in 1900. The brick high school on College Avenue replaced the Kerr Street school in 1921. Dr. John Robertson, then a cadet, is fourth from the left. ) This is the interior of Onancock High School in 1911 in a photograph by Dr. John Robertson. The school had grown considerably during the first decade of the 20th century and at this point was offering a two-year teacher training program.
The last full-time barrel factory was in Atlantic, and the barrel cooper was Alton Matthews, who made barrels for the Marshall Manufacturing Company. He was 65 when this picture was taken in 1972, and he was still turning out 110 to 125 barrels a day. ) Samuel T. Outlaw was a well-known resident of Onancock for many years. A native of Windsor, North Carolina, he was born in 1899 and attended what now is Hampton University, graduating with the class of 1925. He came to the Eastern Shore in 1926 and began a blacksmith shop on Boundary Avenue.
Accomack County by Tom Badger