Virginias Eastern Shore first served Native American as hunting and fishing grounds; later a hideout for Pirates and later still a private setting for well-heeled travelers. About 1840 Nathan Cobb left Cape Cod in his schooner to find a better climate for his wife. Struck by the beauty of the Eastern Shores barrier islands, he settled on a little island about seven miles long. Soon thereafter he discovered the monetary reward of salvaging the ships that wrecked in the uncharted waters and bought the island for $20 and 100 bushels of salt. By 1876 the island was known as Cobbs Island and the family sold a small portion of their island to the United States Government for construction of a Coast Guard Station. In 1936 the Coast Guard d
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