Once Upon an Island

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Once Upon An Island

by Kirk Mariner

The most complete history of Chincoteague Island available today. 




This book chronicles the often surprising story of a place named for Indians who never really lived there, settled not by fishermen but by cattlemen, so individual that it refused to follow the rest of the state into the Confederacy during the Civil War. Here is a full account of how the famous pony penning came to be, of the boom and bust of the seafood industry, and of a hardy people who survived fire, flood, and isolation to build a community that has now been visited by millions. It is the story not of one island but of several – Chincoteague, Assateague, Wallops – and of their interplay with both the nearby Eastern Shore and with more distant places familiar to islanders who “went to sea” at an early age.