Tangier Island is an island in the Chesapeake Bay. It is 1 mile by 3 miles and has 3 ridges of higher land...the rest is salt marsh. Years ago the population was 800, but as time passes, the population dwindles. The main occupation for 40 years has been as a waterman, harvesting crab and oysters and fishing.
|The "buy boats" are beautiful and are used to pick up the crab or oysters.|
|Crab pots organized for he next run.|
|These sheds are watermen's "man caves". They work from the shall shed daily, but some have been known to have Lazyboy chairs and other "luxuries".|
|The salt marshes are beautiful and cover the largest portion of the land.|
|The water table is high, so graves are partially above ground.|
|This was one of many cemeteries in the main part of town.|
|This woman's husband had died recently and now lies outside her kitchen door with vegetables newly planted around his grave. He would love the vegetables!|
Cemeteries are everywhere and anywhere. Many people have tombstones in their frontyard. Residents are allowed to bury their family outside the kitchen door! As just said, one woman did exactly that and had her grandson bring in some potting soil and plant some vegetables around him..... while we were in Tangier.
The government built a new school......and medical center. The doctor who visited every Monday died of cancer and now Inez Park Pruitt is the Physicians Assistant caring for the residents. (She is Mr. Park's daughter. Mr. Park owns the Marina.) This morning at 6AM what we thought was the fire alarm, went off. It was the signal to all those who need to assist with evacuation come to the aid of a woman with chest pain. She was medivaced to a hospital on the mainland. Hope she was OK.
The Parks Marina is the only Marina, so we thought we would go there! Ruth called Parks Marina and Mr. Parks told her he would be glad to help us in, as long as it was after church. He arrived in his suit and tie to greet us and tie up our boats. Mr. Parks told us the temporary minister ( the minister died...seeing a pattern?) and the temporary minister could have done minor surgery in church on Sunday. Mr. Parks only fell asleep twice!
|Mr. Parks asked that we come into the Marina after church. He met us in his suit and tie to help us into the Marina.|
|Mr. Parks cares for their 30 cats. 6 live in the house. He doesn't like them, but cares for them for his wife of 59 years.|
|Miss Anna Parks (named after Mr. Park's Mother), then Crawdad on the dock.|
|Not the lap of luxury, but clean enough!|
The Island is dry. Mr. Parks told us he had never had a drink. Liquor isn't available on the island. Lots of other things are not available either and a ride on the ferry will set you back $40 per person. The only grocery store has very little available. If you like vegetables and fruit, you had better learn to live without. None in the store.
|Not the best meal we have ever had at the Chesapeake.|
|Cute Victorian house that is a restaurant, bed and breakfast.|
We rode our bikes and hiked on the Island and found the local people friendly, but we would have stopped at Tangier Island just to see Mr. Parks. He is quite a guy. Tangier Island is a slice of how life used to be....in the 30's or 40's.