Peninsula Enterprise, July 12, 1884


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Excursions

Accomac C. H.

We are glad to note that the N. Y. Phila. and Norfolk Railroad is progressing satisfactorily. The track is laid a mile below Temperanceville, and the people there are refreshed by the music of the locomotive whistle as the construction trains bring the material for further advancement. We may expect it to reach "Duplex" station near this town, by the last of the month.

On the 4th of July a party of pleasure seekers under command of Commodore Melson, went on a beach trip from here, and while on the broad water in jibing sail the boat capsized, sousing the entire party, with the loss of clothing, shoes, sleeve buttons, some ten dollars in money -- and the little brown jug.


Tourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - HolidaysTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Boat racing


The most extensive 4th of July celebration ever held on Chincoteague, came off yesterday. A cloudless sky and strong sea breeze made the day a faultless one. It is estimated that five hundred visitors arrived during the day. -- First on the programme came the boat race for the flag, between the sloop "Lizzie June," Whealton master, and "J. C. Wood," Sharpley master. The course was around the sea buoy, a distance of ten miles each way. The sloop "Lizzie June" came in one hour and five minutes ahead carrying off the prize. The result was not surprising when report says "three sand bags were found tied under the Wood's bow." Then came the second race for the silver cup, eighteen to twenty feet keels admitted, skiffs Willis, Mamie French, Scud and Little Blanche entered; the route being to Cockle Point and return. The Willis came in ahead of the Mamie French two seconds. This was a surprise to all from the fact that while the boats were nearly the same size, the Willis carried seventy yards more canvass than her opponent, and the Mamie entered the race without any special preparation. The rules under which the silver pitcher is to be finally won is "two best in three," to be sailed for three years in succession. It is evident, from yesterday's result, that the Willis has no show should the Mamie be put in order. The final race was for the silver cup, 14 to 18 feet keel batteaux admitted, Aunt Bridget's Jack and Robert Watson only entering, the former came in with a "hip, hip, hurrah! and the prize was won; a dear prize when we offset it with Captain Jack's two weeks hard labor in preparation and count the cost of the fat meat used in slicking his boats bottom. Capt. Joseph Taylor made extensive preparations to enter for the cup, but Capt. Turlington's old sow took her 4th of July breakfast from the slush on the bottom of his boat, causing him to throw up the sponge.


Infrastructure -- Public : TownsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Residential developmentInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial development


W. L. Scott has located and had surveyed the town of Cape Charles at the terminus of the railroad. It is divided into 244 town lots, 40 x 140 feet with several avenues running East and West, as shown by a plat of it yesterday put on record in the clerk's office. The avenues are called as follows: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tazewell, Randolph and Mason, who were governors. The streets run North and South and are called, Pine, Strawberry, Peach, Plum and Nectarine. They have a park in the centre of town, 800x380 feet.

W. L. Scott has given to Wm. Bournan, civil engineer, two of the lots Nos. 379 and 380 fronting on the park.


Infrastructure -- Public : Churches

Marsh Market.

On the 4th of July the new church on Messongo, held a fair and cleared over $200. Only lacking a little over $200 of paying for it.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - Stations and sidingsInfrastructure -- Commercial - House moving


Mr. Benjamin Parks has given five acres of valuable land belonging to his farm, situated on the railroad, for a station.

Mr. Gilbert Mason's house has been moved to give room for the railroad, and the house belonging to the heirs of H. B. White, will be moved in a few days for the same purpose.

The Railroad.

reprinted from Seaford Enterprise.Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionTransportation -- Railroad - Barges and floats

Colonel L. L. Bush, one of the contractors for the new line of railway from Delmar to Cherrystone Inlet, thirty-five miles by sea, from Norfolk, Va., recently said to a correspondent: "About eleven hundred men are at work on it." said the colonel, "and are pushing it at the rate of a mile a day. Forty miles have been completed and the rest will be done in September. Two boats to cost $250,000 each and able to carry twenty-four cars, will do the ferriage between Cherrystone Inlet and Norfolk, Va. Travelers who formerly left Norfolk in the evening landed in Baltimore the next morning. When the new road, the N.Y. Philadelphia and Norfolk, is completed, those who leave Norfolk at night will be able to breakfast in New York the next morning.


Transportation -- Railroad - ConstructionInfrastructure -- Commercial - Commercial constructionTransportation -- Water - SailboatsInfrastructure -- Commercial - Real estatefields -- Crops - White potatoes : YieldTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - FairsTourists and sportsmen -- Other recreation - Resorts

Capeville, Va., July 7, 1884.

MR. EDITOR: -- The terminus of the N.Y., Phila. and Norfolk railroad, is a busy place at this time, work is being pushed on with all possible dispatch. Several parties have leased land at said terminus for the purpose of engaging in different kinds of business. Mr. Wm. Downes, one of our enterprising and worthy merchants near this point, has just completed a handsome store house, he still uses the old store for groceries, &c., and his son W. D. Downes is running the new one, where he keeps a select stock of dry goods, notions, &c. Mrs. Downes has already, or is about to open, a millinery department in the second story. Messrs. Knight & Goffigan have built a neat store house in Capeville; G. G. Ward has built one on the cross roads near the residence of the late F. J. Goffigon; Thomas Harrison, one opposite the old site at Wehoga; John Whitehead one on the old site at Bayview; Messrs. Cottingham & Wilson at "Sunny Side," are about to dissolve partnership, and have advertised their goods at cost; Mr. A. J. Downes has sold the schooner Dauntless for the sum of $925; Capt Lawson Rooks has sold the schooner Maggie J., (price not known;) Thomas Wilkins has purchased about one-half of Thomas Griffith's land opposite Capeville, price $1,560. Round potatoes nearly all dug, the crop very poor both in quantity and quality, except in one or two instances, Mr. Wash Hunt's were extra, he planted 22 bbls. and will make over 600, none of which have sold for less than $4.60 up to this time. Mr. Walter Scott of Norfolk, is still at his father's home, prostrated with inflammatory rheumatism; Mr. J. D. Hallett is at the point of death, at his Cape Charles home. We don't hear much about the Grange Fair this season, let us know something about it, as we propose to go up in force from this neighborhood, and probably your correspondent will extend his trip to Accomac C. H. instead of rusticating around Powelton, as he did last summer, altho' I never saw a more courteous hotel keeper, nor one who attended more strictly to the wants of his guests, than Mr. A. S. Kellam. Some of your readers are anxious to know what has become of Jim Bell and his celebrated horse George Beach? Let them know.



Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac Court House
July 12, 1884