The town of Onancock, VA was once a port town where many steamboats came to drop off passengers and goods before heading to Baltimore, MD and New fork, VA. The peaceful town is walkable, with little to no traffic. It has a population of about 1,500 people who live in beautifully crafted homes from the Victorian era, if you’re interested in architecture.
Things to do in town
Onancock is rich with arts and theater, as it is a town of artisans. You can see a play in the North street Playhouse or screen a movie in the vintage Roseland movie theater.On the 2nd Friday of every month, the town’s galleries and shops stay open late to feature special exhibits, activities and entertainment. Beginning in May, the town hosts the Onancock Market where visitors can buy directly from local vendors. The Ker Place Museum, a mansion built in the late 1700’s, is a must see for the town’s visitors. The town is in a prime location if you also want to explore the bayside since Serene Cape Charles is only an hour away.
Places to eat near town
Onancock offers a nice assortment of good eats.If you’re looking for a quick treat, The Corner Bakery is the place for you. It’s been a town favorite for years. Bizzotto’s Gallery-Caffe, across the street from the Playhouse, has freshly-prepared food and features a gallery of handmade leather items crafted by owner Miguel Bizzotto.If you want a historic dining experience, visit Hopkins & Bros.Store. It’s one of the oldest general stores on the East Coast, sitting on the waterfront adjacent to the town harbor. The store has it’s own restaurant, Mallards at the Wharf, where you can enjoy the view of the creek with your meal.
History of Onancock
Onancock was founded in 1680 as Port Scarborough before having its name changed to a word derived from“auwannaku’, a Native word meaning “foggy place. The now vibrant community was built on rich agriculture, with tobacco, corn, and wheat being its main products, and steamboats. The town served as a land base for sea captains who sailed the bay. The boating tradition still remains at the heart of the town.