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Virginia’s Barrier Islands

AE Curator Jul 16
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The planet’s longest chain of undeveloped temperate barrier islands protects Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Mostly uninhabited now, the islands are rich in human history that includes vibrant villages replete with schools, churches, shops, lighthouses, and elegant hotels, hunting and fishing clubs. Storms and erosion destroyed the hotels and hunt clubs and forced villagers to relocate to the mainland by the late 1930s. The history of the islands and the memories of those who once lived there are preserved through artfully curated galleries and documentary films at the Barrier Islands Center.

Location: Machipongo
Image: Gordon Campbell/ At Altitude Gallery

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