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Chesapeake Bays Tangier Island

Updated: Mar 20, 2020


You will often hear Tangier Island referred to as either the “Sinking Island” or the “Soft Shell Crab Capital of the World”. This unique little island divided in places by marsh and tidal streams, is located 12 miles off of the mainland on the widest part of Virginias Chesapeake Bay.

History claims in 1608, Capt. John Smith stumbled upon the island on one of his excursions to Jamestown. Although small, Tangier holds quite a bit of history. Prior to colonization in the late 1700’s, washed ashore arrowheads are evidence the native Pocomoke people once existed on the island.

During the war of 1812 Fort Albion was established but