About Cape Charles
A Tour of the Shore
The Bay Creek development is situated to the north and south of the Historic Town of Cape Charles, enveloping it without intruding on the town. See our Interactive Map for a full Cape layout.
What You Won't Find
Shopping malls, noisy traffic jams, or traffic lights for that matter. Cape Charles is a resort town, where golf carts ride on the street and kayakers pull up on the beach. Since Cape Charles is located on the western coast of the Eastern Shore, the sun sets on the water every night, displaying an incredible meltdown of oranges, purples, and blues. The nights are calm and peaceful, filled with the sounds of nature everywhere. We're also a Dark Skies compliant community (with all light fixtures facing down), and our sky is glittered with more stars than you're probably used to seeing as a result. We are unique in that our geography offers us a secluded paradise, but is still in a manageable proximity to the Virginia Beach metro area about 30 minutes away.
Cape Charles is an historic Victorian town in the process of rejuvenation and new development. The town of Cape Charles is included in the National Register of Historical Places. As you’ll see on the residential streets of town, some original homes remain from the late 1800’s and display beautiful Eastern Shore architecture, such as the Kellogg House and the Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast.
Mason Avenue serves as the town’s “main street” because it’s lined with shops, eateries, wares and novelty stores, and the elegantly restored Palace Theatre which are a part of the town's rich history. The Town is 7 blocks by 7 blocks. East-west streets are named after Virginia statesmen, and north-south streets are named for fruits.
At the north end of Fig street you’ll find the Bay Creek Marina Village and our residential marina villages noted for their vivid coastal colors and British West Indies architecture.
A Short History
Historically, the town was one of many small, scattered agricultural communities on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Around the 1880’s, it became a bustling town as patronage flourished from the newly established railroad business (the rails were extended from Pocomoke, Maryland in 1884). Then, Cape Charles hosted daily trains from New York, multiple passenger steamer boats, and was a loading point for cargo headed over the 36-mile Chesapeake Bay waters to Norfolk, Virginia.
The town thrived through the booming railroad age, through World War II ferrying supplies and troops, and was even popular through the 1950’s as a popular auto ferry until the ferry was moved to Kiptopeke, to the south. With the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in 1964, and the decline of railroad transit, the town experienced an economic downturn, as cargo trucks became the main shipping method.
Cape Charles has endured some decades of economic strife, however in the last few years there has been significant increases in the amount of commerce, patronage and development in the town.
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