2005
Virginia
Chincoteague: Lighthouses, Wild Ponies and Pirates
Virginia's only inhabited barrier island and the national wildlife refuge and seashore have stunning vistas, wild ponies, wildlife, miles of trails and beaches and a memorable history.
Rating (4.89)
Program No. 2005RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
929

At a Glance

Chincoteague Island, Virginia’s only inhabited barrier island, retains the aura of a waterside village of years past. Discover the island’s exceptional history from its earliest settlers to today — a story that includes maritime events, pirate lore and Chincoteague’s surprising role in the Civil War. Travel to the adjacent Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, rich in wildlife, waterfowl and natural habitats, and visit its iconic Assateague Lighthouse, explore nature trails and stroll its pristine seashore. Observe the herds of wild Chincoteague ponies that still roam the marshes and beaches of the Refuge and were forever memorialized in Marguerite Henry’s timeless classic novel “Misty of Chincoteague.”
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking less than a mile per day. All of Chincoteague and most of Assateague are flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Boat along island waters to observe ponies and wildlife, view the NASA rocket launch sites on nearby Wallops Island, and see Assateague Island from the water as it appeared to mariners of long ago.
  • Visit the Museum of Chincoteague Island with its rare 1st order Fresnel lighthouse lens and historic island treasures.
  • Sample island cuisine, and enjoy a performance by local musicians who will entertain you with sea shanties, island songs and Celtic music.

General Notes

You may be interested in a three-night version of this program (#10545).
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Cindy Faith
Cindy has been a Group Leader and lecturer at the Museum of Chincoteague Island's Road Scholar programs for many years. Raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, her knowledge of the region's natural and local history is encyclopedic. Her expertise runs the gamut from horseshoe crabs and wild ponies to pirates and the Civil War's impact on the Chincoteague region. Combined with her warm sense of humor, her vast knowledge assures Road Scholar participants of an informative and interesting experience.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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