Virginia November 22, 2017
This Tiny, Isolated Virginia Village Is One Of The Last Of Its Kind
From the outside looking in, Tangier might appear to be little more than a remote fishing village off the coast of Virginia. Yet this community is one of the last of its kind. The way of life that has been preserved on Tangier can be traced back to the unique dialect and mannerisms of those whose families have lived on the island for centuries. Here’s a glimpse into the island of Tangier, and why you’ll want to visit.
Situated in Accomack County, Tangier is a gorgeous island off the coast of Virginia's Eastern Shore with a population of roughly 500.
Before settlement, the island was a retreat for the Pocomoke Indians. It's believed that the first European explorer to visit Tangier was John Smith himself.
The town's economy depends on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, which source crab, fish, oysters and other seafood.
And yet it seems a cruel twist of fate that the same water which provides life to Tangier threatens to dissolve it completely. Since the 1800s, the landmass of Tangier has disappeared by over 60%.
Officials believe that if sea levels continue to rise, the island will have to be abandoned completely. This heartbreaking loss seems nearly unthinkable to families who have made a home on Tangier for centuries.
The way of life preserved on the island is truly remarkable. In fact, there are still hints of a dialect that originate from 17th century Britain.
The island welcomes tourists to enjoy this unique lifestyle and the gorgeous surroundings of marshlands and Bay waters.
A trip to this unique corner of the state will reveal a world truly unlike any other. Whether you visit for the gorgeous landscape or the friendly folks, you won't soon forget a trip to Tangier.
Have you visited Tangier recently? Or are you perhaps one of the residents of this extraordinary village? If so, we’d love to hear about your experiences. For related content, be sure to read
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