Publications and Transcriptions

The Countryside Transformed

The Countryside Transformed: The Eastern Shore of Virginia, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Creation of a Modern Landscape.

Article from the journal Southern Spaces, published July 31, 2007.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) Study

A study of the socio-economic effects of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel upon the Eastern Shore of Virginia, by Littleton W. Simpson and Patrick A. Rush, published by the Virginia Council of Highway Investigation and Research, June 1965.

Court Order Abstracts

The Eastern Shore Public Library is pleased to make available in digital format JoAnn Riley McKey’s Accomack County Court Order Abstracts beginning with Volume 28 (1777-1780).  Earlier volumes in this distinguished series, covering the years 1663 to 1777, were published by Heritage Books, available at ESRL.  ESPL is honored that Ms. McKey has chosen to publish her forthcoming work digitally and free of charge on the library’s website.

Accomack County, Virginia, Court Order Abstracts, Volume 28, 1777 to 1780

Church Records

The Downing’s United Methodist Church Records, Book I and II, covering the period 1857-1899, which includes church records of the other Methodist Episcopal Churches in Accomack County Virginia, was compiled in 1992 by Moody K. Miles. Contained in these records are member lists, as wells as some birth and marriage entries for the Downing’s Church, as well as Oak Grove, Guilford and Conquest, Onancock, Drummondtown, Modest Town, Saxis Island, Slutkill Neck, Ayres and Tangier Island Methodist Episcopal churches. The Pocomoke Charge Church Register, compiled by Miles in 1988, contain Methodist Episcopal Church South records for Pocomoke, Pittsville, Sanford and Saxis.

Downing’s Church Records (1857-1899)

Pocomoke Charge Church Register (1898-1927)

Tax Records

Eastern Shore Public Library wishes to thank Allen Hamilton for donating his transcription of Northampton County personal property and land tax information to our online resources.  Mr. Hamilton has published several transcriptions of land and personal property taxes for Northampton County, all of which are available at ESPL.

Northampton County Land Tax 1846

Northampton County Landowners 1880

Northampton County Personal Property Tax 1853

Liquor Licenses

Eastern Shore Public Library wishes to thank Allen Hamilton for donating his transcription of Northampton County liquor licenses 1867, 1869, 1871, 1873, 1875, 1877, 1879 & 1881 to our online resources.  For additional years, please see Mr. Hamilton’s book Northampton County Liquor Licenses 1860-1905, published by Heritage Books in 2020.

Northampton County Liquor Licenses, various years

Chesapeake Bay Ferries

A history of the Chesapeake Bay ferries to Virginia’s Eastern shore prior to the Civil War.

The Story Behind the Tree: Chesapeake Woodart History, Eastern Shore of Virginia and Beyond by Robert J. Lentz

The Story Behind the Tree