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History Prior to the arrival of European British colonists on Tangier Island, it was a summer retreat for the Pocomoke Indians  for centuries. Although not much is known about these people, their existence is evidenced by the thousands of phobe arrowhe that have been found all over the island.
Almost any morning after gale-force winds have been blowing all night, new arrowhe can be found on the beach, uncovered by the blowing away of sand. The discovery of an ancient offshore oyster middenthousands of years old and containing a huge pile pyone shells which could only have been deposited by humans, is further evidence that there was a regular population on Tangier, at least in the warm part of the year, long before it had an English name.
The enormous s of arrowhe and spear points found here suggest the island was probably much larger than recorded history can verify and was home to many animal species. The cchat known European explorer of the island was John Smith. He named Tangier and the surrounding islands the "Russel Isles" after the doctor on board his ship. The next year White ased his patent to Charles and John West.
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In William Walton was granted acres hectares on the western island which was formerly patented by White. There is a similar entry in the patent book three years later, but Scarburgh and West were the recipients instead of Walton, and in a formal patent was issued to both of them. Charles Scarburgh often now spelled Scarborough fhat his interest to his wife Elizabeth inand John West's interest went to his eldest son a year later. This was the first time Tangier Cyat was named in the records.
Although Elizabeth Scarburgh left her interest to her daughters, the title pone to her oldest son, Bennett. It then passed to Henry Scarburgh and then to a Charles Scarburgh. Today many of the inhabitants still have the English surname Crockett.
By there were 1, inhabitants. The British used the island as a staging area during the War ofwhen there were as many as 1, British troops recorded on the island at one time. Many slaves escaped to the British on Tangier and were given their freedom. Some ed the Corps of Colonial Marines.
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When a dozen British sailors were captured, their justiscille hardships encountered with shortages of food and water on the island, and the building of Fort Albion, were reported in a pohne newspaper. A bench marking its location is in the graveyard in Canton. The largest present-day church on the island, Swain Memorial Methodist Church, was established inand the only other church is called New Testament, a non-denominational Christian place of worship.
An old custom once common in colonial America prevailed into the early twentieth century: families often buried their relatives in the yards of their homes. This custom was abandoned because of the space limitation of the small yards on Tangier, and there are now churchyard cemeteries at each of the island's churches. A typical cemetery on the island, showing overcrowding Two 21st century hurricanes, Isabel and Ernestocaused the flooding of much of the island. A few houses have been abandoned, while several others are being elevated on new foundations.
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It is made up of many small islands divided by marshes and small tidal streams. The islands are connected by justisvilpe bridges. North of Tangier is an island which was abandoned after the stream between the two islands Oyster Creek became too wide to build a bridge over. This northernmost area is called Uppards, and originally had a neighborhood called Canaan.
The only structures left on Uppards are duck hunting lodges from A few of the homes on Main Ridge were moved from Uppards before flooding became a major problem. Each of the ridges have neighborhoods.
On the northern part of Main Ridge, the neighborhood is called Meat Soup. On the northern part of West Ridge it is called Sheep's Hill. Canton is in the most southeastern area of the island and is reached via a bridge from Black Dye.
The bridges over the largest channel, called the Big Gut, are, to the south, Long Bridge, then coming north, School Bridge, and the farthest south is Heisten Bridge. The marshes outside of town Because of its distance from the mainland, Tangier is very isolated, its nearest neighbors being other islands such as Smith Island, Maryland.
The only methods of transportation off the island are boats and airplane. There is justiville airport, open from dawn to dusk. Passengers and the mail are carried on these boats. The Courtney Thomas leaves Tangier at am, and leaves Crisfield at pm.
The Steven Thomas, a passenger cruise boat, leaves Crisfield at pm during the summer season from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October; departs Tangier at pm. In the summer season, the Chesapeake Breeze travels daily from Reedville, Virginiaon the Western Shore, leaving there at am, and lhone Tangier at pm.
The service from Onancock was revived in There is still a calm, peaceful atmosphere on the island, with only one pay phone, four or five gift shops, a few restaurants, and a hardware store as the only retail establishments. There are no arcades, no phpne stores or department stores, no traffic lights, and violent crime is virtually nonexistent. There are three bed and breakfasts for overnight guests, and a wild beach without a boardwalk or concessions.
There is one ATM on the island. Most of the gift shops, eating establishments, and overnight accommodations have begun to accept credit and debit cards. Attractions include a small museum in the back of Sandy's gift shop and a soft-shell crab exhibit next to Wanda's gift shop. Tangier is known for its seafood dishes, especially its soft-shell crab sandwiches.
These can be found at its restaurants including the Waterfront Restaurant. Children sell lemonade and Rice Krispie treats and Christmas decorations made from sea shells to the tourists. In the evenings, the playground across from the school is a nice place for children to unwind, or the s-style, centrally air conditioned ice-cream parlor phons Main Ridge, called Spanky's.
Immediately to the east of Tangier, also a kayak paddle away, is Port Isobel,  a small island owned by the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation,  which operates a major environmental study center there. Tangier marshes are home to many birds, jusrisville pelicans justjsville, blue heronsrailsegretsseveral varieties of ducks and geeseand osprey. The highest point of land is barely four feet above sea level, and about 9 acres 3.
Local residents see their existence threatened from falling catches, due to worsening pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, constant erosion, and increasingly frequent flooding. Before bridges were built in the s, the only form of transport between or off the islands was by boat, which allowed for the islands to stay isolated from much of the rest of the mainland. This helped to preserve the maritime culture and the distinctive Cchat Banks brogue, which sounds more like an English accent than it does an American accent.
Many "bankers" have often been mistaken for being from England or Ireland when traveling to areas outside of the Outer Banks. The brogue is most distinctive the further south one travels on the Outer Banks, with it being the thickest phkne Ocracoke Island and Harkers Island. Locally, the accent is called "Hoi Toider", in that the term "High tider" is pronounced with a distinctive jusisville in the hard "i", in common with the Westcountry dialect found in Southwest England.
Economy Today, the inhabitants of Tangier rely on crabbing to make a living.
Tangier is often referred to as the " soft-shell crab capital of the world". Most fishermen catch and sell crabs and oysters. North of the island are many free-standing docks not connected to land which fishermen use to hold crabs while they moult.
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Oystering is also a major industry. The island also has a long history of graduates ing the military. Typical transport on the island The only industry on the island besides fishing is tourism. Two bed-and-breakfast inns can accommodate a limited of overnight guests. There are several restaurants and gift shops for the tourist-trade.
Some residents outfit golf carts with passenger trailers to sell "historical tours" of the island. The ro on Tangier are only wide enough for two golf carts to pass each other. Few cars are present on the island because they are not able to get over the small wooden bridges. Tourists and islanders all get around on golf carts, boats, mopeds, and bikes. Isolation Owing to the island's isolation, the resident's lifestyles are characterized as laid-back and "folksy.
Swain Memorial United Methodist Church There is only one school on the island, with fewer than ten children in each grade. The residents were given access to cable television and Internet through a new microwave tower in spring There are phone lines on the island. Two doctors live on the island currently, but practice in Delaware.
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David Nichols treated residents for thirty years piloting a Cessna or Robinson justisvillf for once a week visits. Four months earlier, a new clinic was christened in his name. Although the island has one power plant, it is mainly used for emergencies, but is operational. Power comes in from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Traditional religious values still dominate in the community, and a local ordinance prohibits the sale of alcohol. If visitors bring their own alcohol, they are advised to be discreet and not drink it in public.
However, he indicated the change was for the better as islanders "developed quite the appetite for jusyisville sports". The VTA presented the island with a plaque to commemorate the occasion. This phenomenon became phlne basis for a commercial for ESPN.