Chincoteague: Lighthouses, Wild Ponies and Pirates
Small island. Big story. Experience the unique tale of Chincoteague as you join local experts to learn about the Assateague Lighthouse, wild ponies, pirate legends and more!
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Program No. 2005RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Serene and unspoiled, the small island of Chincoteague is home to exceptional human and natural history. Take a field trip to the iconic Assateague Lighthouse. See the lighthouse’s rare Fresnel lens and Island treasures at the Museum of Chincoteague Island. Learn about the island’s famous ponies, memorialized in Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague,” which still run wild. Delve into pirate legends and lore on the beach at Assateague. Learn about the early watermen who plied the local estuaries for oysters and clams and how modern aquaculture has changed how shellfish are grown and harvested.
Activity Level
Walking less than a mile per day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • On Assateague Island, walk the longest undeveloped beach in the mid-Atlantic with an expert.
  • Enjoy an evening with musicians who teach you sea chanties and traditional Celtic music.
  • Spend time on the water learning about the traditional lives of watermen, exploring the techniques of modern aquaculture and viewing the Wallops Island Space Flight facility.

General Notes

You may be interested in a three-night version of this program (#10545).
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Nancy Ferguson
Nancy is a writer, educator, storyteller and wool spinner who has researched the cultural history of spinning and sheep flocks on Delmarva. She works with that same type of wool today, spinning it into stunning pieces and, all the while, telling the stories of Assateague Island women. Nancy first learned to spin in the mid 1970's and is the owner of a fiber business. She retired to the Eastern Shore in 2009 where she presents programs and demonstrates spinning at the Tom's Cove Visitor Center.
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Jenny Somers
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Nancy Richards West
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