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Chincoteague Island is in Accomack County.

The community name derives from Indian term variously translated as "large stream," "inlet" or "beautiful land across the water."

The latitude of Chincoteague Island is 37.938N. The longitude is -75.361W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone.
Chincoteague Island is in Chincoteague Bay
The first European settlers arrived in 1671.

During the Civil War, Chincoteague Island was the only community in Virginia to not secede from the Union.

The community is known for its annual roundup of wild horses. Each July, ponies are rounded up and swum across the channel to be sold

Local foods: oyster fritters
Local festivals include:
  • Oyster Festival - Oct. 6, 2007
  • Deborah Blueberry Festival - July 20-21, 2007
  • Seafood Festival - May 2, 2007
  • Pony Swim and Auction - July 25-26, 2007
  • Blessing of the Fleet - May 27, 2007
Dates often change. Check Chincoteague Island web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge
Historic sites and museums: Oyster & Maritime Museum

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Accomack County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Chincoteague Island political report.

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Hotels in Chincoteague Island include Best Value Inn Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Lodge, Comfort Suites Chincoteague, Driftwood Lodge, Refuge Inn.

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