In the Area


The Town of Onley (pronnounced "only") is located on the Delmarva Peninsula, known as the Eastern Shore, in Accomack County Virginia. 

It straddles US Route 13, the main north-south highway and is considered the county's commercial hub. Originally named Crossroads, the town grew along the railroad in the mid-1800's. It remains a rural southern town with a population of slightly over 500.

Elementary through high schools are located nearby, as well as several private and Christian schools. Eastern Shore Community College, a two-year college, is on Rte 13, Melfa. There are several churches nearby covering denominations including Baptist, Methodist, and Roman Catholic, and independent.

Nearby are two large shopping centers, as well as smaller stores, motels, and medical facilities. Businesses include a supermarket, department store, garden center, tire/auto repair center, retail pharmacies, and the only Super Wal-Mart on the VA Eastern Shore.

Local restaurants feature American, Chinese, Thai and Mexican cuisine. Three banks are located within town limits; the corporate headquarters of Shore Bank is located just north of town.

Within the next 2 years, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital will be erecting a new regional hospital facility just west of town. The main branch of the Eastern Shore Public Library will be constructing a new county library close to the hospital and also within Onley.

The Eastern Shore YMCA, off Route 13, just south of town offers an indoor pool, gym, workout room, cardio equipment, free weights, fitness classes and a summer camp program. 

The Onley Recreation Association, a private membership organization, maintains a seasonal outdoor pool and tennis facility. It is within walking distance of 25520 Maple St.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the University of Virginia maintain coastal laboratories on the seaside. The Marine Science Consortium is north on Rte 175 heading to Chincoteague, VA, about a 45-minute drive from Onley. 

Natural beauty abounds in this area. Onley is less than an hour drive from natural wildlife areas including Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague National Seashore, Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park. Boaters will find many marinas on the bayside with transient and seasonal slips and boat ramps.

The famed Virginia Barrier Islands are a short boat ride away. NASA Wallops Flight Facility, The East Coast Regional Spaceport, The Marine Science Consortium, and the Naval Surface Combat Command Center are nearby as is the Barrier Island Center in Machipongo. The Eastern Shore Railway Museum is located in Parksley, VA. less than 10 miles from Onley.
 
Neighboring Onancock, just across Rte 13, is home to unique stores and artist galleries and also hosts a monthly International Film Festival. It's also home to the North Street Playhouse where you can also see community theater at its finest. Warmer months bring outdoor farm markets, concerts, and parades.

Southern Living
 
A sign on US Rte 13 at the border of Maryland and Virginia declares The South Begins Here and so does Southern Living. Here, the pace slows with time to smell the roses, listen to birds and simply relax. 

The Eastern Shore is blessed with a temperate southern climate. Mild winters, delightful springs, dazzling autumns, and lazy summers. This weather can turn a quick hello into a long conversation that can lead to a warm friendship. It's been said that on the Shore there are no strangers — just friends you haven't met. 
 
Winter arrives slowly and doesn't stay long, thanks to the surrounding Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Little or no snow shoveling makes winter time easy to take here. 

Spring blooms with colorful blossoms and it's when bird watchers are treated to a full spring migration along the famed Eastern Shore Atlantic Flyway.

Summer calls for porch rockers and sweet tea, picnics, concerts, craft shows, yard sales, and farm markets. With the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay just 10 miles apart, there's plenty of swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, beaching, crabbing and clamming. Evenings can include carnivals, outdoor concerts or leisurely walks. 

Autumn brings fall migration, a nip in the air, spectacular fall colors, and local craft fairs where you might find that perfect and very special holiday gift.

If you seek a slower pace of life, a pleasant climate, and friends you haven't met yet, 25520 Maple St in Onley, VA could be your "new" home on the VA Eastern Shore.

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