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Marshfest – A festival that celebrates the Ecosystem, Craft Beer, Music and Art all for a good cause.

Fall 2017 is proving to be one with great weather for Chincoteague Island. What better way to enjoy it than at an outdoor festival that has craft beer, live music, food, and even activities for the kids? This festival is called ‘Marshfest’. It is a fundraiser to be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from…[read more]


92nd Annual Pony Swim

Wednesday July 26, 2017 marked the 92nd year of Chincoteague’s annual Pony Swim. The Chincoteague Pony Swim was made famous by Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague“. Tens of thousands of spectators from around the world gather on Chincoteague Island each year to watch this annual tradition. Scroll down for pictures and video of this year’s…[read more]


Chincoteague Pony Auction FAQ

Q: When is the auction? A: The auction runs from approximately 8am until Noon on Thursday (the day after the swim). Q:  What should I take with me to the auction? A: Seating is limited so you may want to bring your own chair. It’s usually hot and humid  at the auction so bring water,…[read more]


Pony Swim Day FAQ

Q: What time do the Ponies swim? A: The Saltwater Cowboys swim the Ponies at “slack tide”.   Slack tide is a period of about 40 minutes after the current stops moving in one direction, and before it starts moving in the opposite direction. Slack tide is the easiest time for the Ponies to make the…[read more]


Climbing to the Top of the Assateague Lighthouse

The majestic red and white-striped Assateague Lighthouse sits like a grand decoration on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Like the bald eagles of the same island, the lighthouse is perched guardedly on her land as if protecting a nest. However, the lighthouse not only watches over Assateague Island but keeps the maritime sojourner safe as it…[read more]


Assateague Island Village “When Assateague Was Home”

The Museum of Chincoteague has a wonderful exhibit that will be on display this Spring. The exhibit is part of Assateague Heritage Days and is called “When Assateague was Home”. Illustrated map of Assateague village, created by former resident Roy Jones. Assateague Island, Virginia is now a wildlife refuge and is home to the famous Wild…[read more]


Taking a Drive Back in Time with ‘Teaguer’s Tump Tours’

This Spring, I had the opportunity to take a drive back in time through the streets and byways of ‘The Tump’, with the island’s new tour company ‘Teaguer’s Tump Tours’. In case you are wondering, it’s not far to get to ‘The Tump’.  In fact if you’re staying on Chincoteague, you’re already on ‘The Tump’. Islanders…[read more]


Heritage Weekend, March 24 – 26, 2017

Reproduction of a Map of Assateague created by Roy Jones. The Museum of Chincoteague Island is partnering with the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (CCA), the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO), Chincoteague Island Library, the Chincoteague Natural History Association, Assateague National Seashore, and the Virginia Barrier Islands Center to celebrate Heritage Days. The theme this year for…[read more]


My Chincoteague Island History Tour aboard the Pony Express Trolley

“With my high starched-collar and my high-topped shoes And my hair piled high upon my head I went to lose a jolly hour on the trolley And lost my heart instead” Lyrics from “The Trolley Song” * sung by Judy Garland, written by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane I just can’t talk about the Trolley without…[read more]


What is a ‘Buyback’ Pony?

Wild ponies have inhabited Assateague Island for hundreds of years. Today two herds of wild horses make their home on Assateague Island, separated by a fence at the Maryland-Virginia line. The Maryland herd is managed by the National Park Service. The Virginia herd is owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. Each year the Chincoteague…[read more]


My overnight stay at the Marina Bay Hotel & Suites – The Island’s newest and only Boutique Hotel

I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I’m a simple person, and I had no idea what a boutique hotel was or what it meant when I saw the term on the website of the Marina Bay Hotel and Suites. Did it mean they had a small and pricey clothing or accessory store inside of it? Did it…[read more]


The ‘Refuge Trek’ bus tour, a great way to see the North side of Assateague

Psst…are you looking for something to do on your visit to Chincoteague that’s a little “off the beaten path”? Well then, perhaps you’d be interested in taking the ‘Refuge Trek’. Formerly known as the Wildlife Tour, the ‘Refuge Trek’ will give you exclusive access to the Northern part of Assateague. The Northern OSV road The…[read more]


Spring and Fall Pony Round-ups

Chincoteague’s annual Pony Swim attracts nationwide attention. The swim and auction take place on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July each year.  This year, 2017,  will mark the 92nd anniversary of the world famous event. Did you know that the Saltwater Cowboys round up the Wild Ponies on Assateague at two other times of…[read more]

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