The town of Deltaville, known as "The Boating Capital of the Chesapeake Bay", is located in Middlesex County, Virginia. Originally known as "Sandy Bottom", the town changed it's name in 1909 to "Deltaville" due to the town being positioned on a delta: the Rappahannock River to the north, the Piankatank River to the south, and the Chesapeake Bay to the east.
There are many historical stories about the area. John Smith was nearly killed after an encounter with a stingray in what is now called Stingray Point at the tip of Deltaville. The story passed down is that John Smith was swimming when he was stung by a stingray. The story further says that the Native Americans saved him by giving him a cure from a local creek, now called Antipoison Creek.
In later historical records, Deltaville was known for building wooden work-boats. These boats were primarily used by watermen for work on the Chesapeake at that time. While Deltaville is no longer known for it's boat building, it is still well-known as a tourist and vacation area due to it's serene location.
Deltaville has a little something for everyone. If you want to enjoy some quiet time on the water, there are many locations to do this on your boat beach, or vacation home. There are many local restaurants, many of which have live music on weekends. The Maritime Museum has many events during the summer, including live music called Groovin' in the Park, farmer's markets, and family boat building. Deltaville also holds a yearly Seafood Festival. We also have our own semi-pro baseball team called The Deltas! You can catch a game in town at our own ball park.
Slightly further inland in Middlesex County, Urbanna holds many different events as well, such as Music and Movies Under the Stars and a yearly event called the Oyster Festival, which attracts visitors from all over.
To the north, on the other side of the Rappahannock River, is Lancaster County, which is also rich in historical sites and stories. The Lancaster Players have many theatrical productions, and there is also an abundance of art galleries. Walking through Main Street, there are multiple boutiques and antique stores. Lancaster also has many wineries throughout the county for tasting and events.
To the south, across the Piankatank River, is Mathews County. Rich in Revolutionary and Civil War history, there are many spots to visit within Mathews. The county also holds Mathews Market Days, where you can find unique souvenirs and artwork.
Finally, about seventeen miles across the Chesapeake Bay, is the Eastern Shore. Most know of the Eastern Shore due to the wild ponies that run there. Stories passed down say that the ponies descended from Spanish galleons but likely they were released by colonists. At the end of July every year, the wild ponies are herded across a channel from Assateague to Chincoteague. Also near Chincoteague is the Wallops Space Center, a NASA space launch base. Other attractions are Tangier Island and Cape Charles. Many events are held here throughout the summer as well.
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