Our Community


Chincoteague Ponies – Jay Diem Photo

Willis Wharf

The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a 52 mile long peninsula nestled in between the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Our two counties comprise the lower third of the Delmarva Peninsula, below Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Our barrier islands, seaside and bayside water access as well as Assateague Island National Park and Kiptopeke State Park provide many areas of enjoyment for residents and visitiors to our scenic area.

We have excellent school systems in both Accomack and Northampton Counties. There is also a local private school, Broadwater Academy for grades K-12.

While we are a rural community with agriculture and tourism as our major industries, we also have an assortment of cultural opportunities. The Richmond Ballet and Virginia Symphony are annual visitors to the Shore. Local groups such as the North Street Play HouseESO Art Center and the Arts Council host a variety of events throughout the year. We are only 1 hour away from the Tidewater Region of Virginia. Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA are also within a 4 hour drive.

For more information about our area, please visit the websites of our local Chambers of Commerce or click on Essentials magazine:

Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism
Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Northampton County Chamber of Commerce
Chincoteague Island Chamber of Commerce


Eastern Shore Sunset – Jay Diem Photo

Community Resources

Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. is proud to partner with other local organizations in order to make our community a healthier place to live. Below are some links to websites we hope you will find useful.

Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Chapter

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

American Lung Association

Eastern Shore Health District

Hospice of the Eastern Shore

Medline Plus

National Association of Community Health Centers

Shore Health Services

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

Virginia Community Healthcare Association

Wallops Research Park

Eastern Shore Community College