Anchor Inn Chincoteague Island VA - Chincoteague Island, Virginia, 23336, United States

Visit the Barrier Island Center.

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Known as "Nature's Speed bumps" because they mitigate hazardous swells created by Atlantic Ocean storms, some of the barrier islands off the Atlantic Coast once featured popular resorts, hunting clubs, and self-sufficient full-time residents. But after major storms in 1933 destroyed homes and endangered lives, islanders gave up this way of life and actually floated whole houses off the island to the Eastern Shore where they were relatively safe. The Barrier Island Center was built to keep these memories and artifacts where they belong. You'll find remnants from that easygoing, resourceful, close-knit, natural approach to life throughout the center as well as a rare "twisted chimney" in the attic. To learn more about this vanished culture watch the PBS documentary, "Our Island Home."

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