Visiting Cape Charles

Sunset in Cape Charles
Sunset in Cape Charles

Having read Pat Parsons’ memoir of her childhood in Cape Charles, Va., I knew it was a place I wanted to visit. I contacted her, telling her of my intention. Her replies were effusive; each email filled with recommendations atop recommendations.

Thus prepared, my wife and I took off for the Eastern Shore, an easy drive from Richmond, and checked ourselves into the Fig Street Inn. Our lodging reflected the town, having a charming, humble, friendly character. The walkable town has a central park, a main street of shops and eateries, and an accessible beach where the Chesapeake laps gently.

The highlight was a splendid dinner at the Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery with a view of the water as the brilliant sun descended, ultimately dissolving into the darkening bay.

My Thoughts on Portrait of a Town

book cover: Portrait of a Town by Pat Parsons
Portrait of a Town by Pat Parsons

Reading Portrait of a Town: Cape Charles, 1940-1960 was like spending time with a dear friend as she shows you around the town she grew up in. You can imagine her taking you by the arm as the pair of you stroll down the streets. Continue reading “My Thoughts on Portrait of a Town”