Eastern Shore of Virginia Rail Trail
History of the Eastern Shore Railroad
Photo Courtesy of the Cape Charles Historical Society
Located along the spine of the peninsula between Pocomoke City, MD and Cape Charles, VA, the 1883 completion of the Eastern Shore Railroad ushered in a period of rapid economic growth on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Towns began developing along the new railroad while barges and ferries transported passengers and freight across the Chesapeake Bay. Towns like Cape Charles, Exmore, and Parksley grew around the success of their railroad stations.