Thursday, November 12, 2009

Misc. sights

Assateague light. The first lighthouse on this dangerous coast was built in 1834. The current structure dates to 1867. Originally much nearer the ocean, it is now well-inland because of the great growth of the barrier beach.
Had some good crabcakes.

Dangling from the bottom of the Delmarva Peninsula like an appendix, this bit of Virginia is connected to the rest of the state only by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Some parts of it stayed loyal to the Union in the Civil War. We found this gravestone on Assateague, which was inhabited until the early part of the 20th century. We were walking along the road and noticed an American flag sticking out of the ground in the woods. Two other gravestones were in a tiny plot, both members of the Jones family, with the last date 1911.Thomas Watson is listed on this muster. along with a George Watson. Note those heights. Islands make things small. The famous wild ponies are actually horses that have shrunk over time and tide and a diet of salt-water grass.

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