Points of Interest
Cape Charles: Points of Interest:
Ok, so some of these are touristy, and some of these are just things we think are wonderful and you should go check out!
- Main Street is the informal title given to Mason Avenue, where many historic and renovated buildings are home to shops, restaurants, cafes, residential condos and more
- Be sure to walk down the streets that run perpendicular to Mason Avenue as there are shops and restaurants located on those as well.
- Parking is free. Back-in parking spaces on Mason Avenue, parallel parking on side streets, center of street parking on Peach Street, gravel three-block long circular drive is all public parking also - entrance/exits at Mason/Peach Street (before the brick condo building/private parking lot on Mason Avenue) and Mason/Pine Street (across from Brown Dog Ice Cream)
Cape Charles Memorial Library:
- Cape Charles Memorial Library
- 201 Mason Avenue, 757-331-1300
- Current hours: Mon-Wed 10 am - 5 pm, Thur 10 am - 8 pm, Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 2 pm, Sun Closed
- current and popular books, audio books, e-books for adults, teens, and children, local newspapers, over 40 magazines, and DVDs. Wi-Fi and computers with internet and printing capabilities are available to patrons with valid library cards. Computer classes, weekly story time for toddlers and preschoolers, arts & crafts, movie nights, workshops, and community information programs are offered throughout the year.
the Cape Charles Library began in a private home in 1919 and in 1926 it was moved to the vacated First Presbyterian Church (500 Tazewell Avenue). This shingle, Victorian building was built in 1900. The Northampton Memorial Library was dedicated in 1927 to the memory of local men who died in World War I and was the first memorial library in Virginia. A bronze tablet bearing their names is located at 500 Tazewell Avenue. In 2009, the name was changed to the Cape Charles Memorial Library. In October 2012, the Town purchased the former Bank of America building to expand the Cape Charles Memorial Library. In May 2013, the Library moved into its new location at 201 Mason Avenue.
LOVEwork of Virginia sign:
- Located at the corner of Bay and Mason Avenues, next to the public fishing pier
- great photo opp (especially at sunset) with the fam and yes you can climb on the letters to get the cutesy shots
- The "L" showcases the sea glass and seashells, representing the bayside community.
- The "O" is a tractor tire representing agriculture
- The "V" is made of two kayaks which represents the outdoor adventure activities we have all around
- The "E" is made of local crab pots, as this is a huge crabbing, oyster harvesting and fishing community
- kayaks to represent outdoor adventure activities and the E is made of local crab pots. The Love Sign is located next to the Cape Charles fishing pier.
Public Fishing Pier:
- right next to the LOVE sign, this offers the best sunsets on the Eastern Shore (we may be biased);
- wooden pier (sometimes called the Fun Pier), built in 2005, had an additional 300 feet added as well as a shaded area; it has a railed siding and several built-in benches
- extends across the stone jetty at the entrance of the harbor
- lighted for safety and night fishing
- free to fish from the pier or just sitesee
- the Town purchased a saltwater recreational pier fishing license to cover those fishing from the pier, so individual licenses are not necessary
- free public parking along Bay and Mason Avenues
- restroom facilities available just past the LOVE sign
- frequently at sunset, around the pier, you can see a variety of marine life, such as osprey, dolphins, rays, crabs, jellyfish, and even manatees have been spotted
The Neptune Maquette
- 7-foot bronze statue of the Roman God of the Sea was installed June 13, 2015 at the northern end of the "boardwalk" near Washington and Jefferson Avenues
- Sculpted by artist Paul DiPasquale, it is the model, or maquette, for the iconic 34-foot King Neptune statue located on Virginia Beach’s boardwalk.
- The statue was donated by arts patron, Wyndham Price, who has worked with DiPasquale in the past to introduce visual art to public spaces in Virginia
Cape Charles Civic Center:
- Located at 500 Tazewell Avenue
- Built in 1901 by the First Presbyterian Church. In 1926 the church built the large stone building on the corner of Strawberry and Tazewell now housing the Cape Charles Christian School, and the old church building was sold to the Northampton County Memorial Library for $5,000. The library opened in October 1926 in honor of World War Veterans. It was eventually turned over to the Friends of the Cape Charles library and the property was given to the town. In December 2012, the Cape Charles Memorial Library moved to the former Bank of America building on Mason Avenue.
- In 2014, the Cape Charles Town Council voted to rename the former library the Cape Charles Civic Center.
- The Civic Center is used for Council meetings and work sessions; board and commission meetings; recreational programs, community events, civic engagement activities, and outreach programs.
- The Cape Charles Water Tower is actually not a lighthouse, though you may take a doubletake because it is quite striking the intended resemblance
- Best photo opportunities of the water tower are at sunrise (facing the tower from the town, not the highway; from or near the Hump, which is a drive-over "bridge" on Old Cape Charles Road on the left, as you turn on to Mason Avenue; or almost under the water tower, carefully taken from Stone Road.
- located at 217 Peach Street
- 1/4 mile paved walking path, grassy area for playing ball or having a picnic, benches for eating lunch or reading; playground for children, Free Little Library to borrow a book to read, or leave one for someone else
- features a pergola and gazebo where free concerts are held throughout the summer; and a large fountain at the entrance of the park
- Cape Charles Citizens for Central Park
Strawberry Street Plaza
- located between the two red brick condo buildings on Mason Avenue at Strawberry Street
- open grassy courtyard where you can relax on picnic benches, let your dog have a potty stop (please pick up after your pet - the Town provided a doggy waste bag station at the back of the Plaza), read, sun, relax, enjoy a cup of coffee, take a break from walking
- on Wednesday nights during the summer, there is free live music
- location: from Stone Rd, turn left on Fig Street, right on Mason Avenue, and then almost immediately, make a very sharp left on Old Cape Charles Road (this is called the Hump). Go over the Hump and immediately turn right on Bayshore Ln, turn right at the very next turn (Marina Rd) and follow the road around to the public parking for Town Harbor
- enjoy a walk around the Harbor, seeing the boats and watermen coming and going from their work day on the water; enjoy lunch or dinner with a view at The Shanty or dinner at Hook at Harvey (located at Bayshore Lane and Marina Rd, before you head to the Harbor)
Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve:
- 29-acre preserve is owned by Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation
- has a long boardwalk that traverses several natural communities, including a Maritime Loblolly Pine Forest, and ends at a low bluff overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The preserve provides habitat for the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle and is part of the Lower Delmarva Important Bird Area. Over two hundred forty species of birds have been observed at this Preserve. Good birding can be found here year-round, but fall is particularly special. During fall bird migration, the forest abounds with migratory songbirds and raptors resting and feeding before continuing their journey across the Chesapeake Bay. Spring migration is also productive for songbirds. In winter, a diversity of waterfowl can be spotted out on the bay.
- located at 301 Patrick Henry Avenue (turn left on Fig St. Turn right on Mason Ave and then, almost immediately, make a very sharp left on Old Cape Charles Rd/ SR 641 and continue .4 miles. Turn right on Bayshore Ln and continue .6 miles as the road curves. Turn right onto Patrick Henry Ave. Park behind the building and head towards the kiosk to find the trailhead)
Notes: There is no beach access for the public due to the sensitivity of the habitat. There are no facilities on site.