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Tangier Island Airport (KTGI)
KTGI - Tangier Island - an experience just to land here!

This is a TRUE ISLAND getaway destination for small planes!

Land at KTGI and take a stroll back in time! This is a historic and scenic island, and has terrific seafood! Plan on a full day or weekend to really experience the culture and sites of this 400 year old community!

See other posts on this location for places to see and things to do...

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight


Tangier Island History
In the summer of 1608 John Smith started out on an exploration trip of the
Chesapeake Bay. He traveled from Cape Charles and went up the bay to the
Potomac River and went up as far as present day Washington D. C. and back
down to Jamestown. It was actually two trips for at one point he was very badly
hurt by a stingray and had to return to Jamestown to be treated. It was during
these two voyages, while looking for fresh water that he came across a group of
islands in the middle of the bay. He named them the "Russell Isles," for a Doctor
Russell who was then on board ship with him.
This group is today what is known as Smiths, Tangier and Watts Islands.
Tangier Island is about 6 miles below the Maryland-Virginia State line and at one
point all the islands below the state line were known as the "Tangier Islands" in
Virginia’s records. These, among others, included Shanks, Old Walnut Island,
Piney Island, Queen’s Ridge, Horse Hummock, South Point, and Hog Neck. The
latter three being attached to the lower part of Smith’s Island in Maryland. The
"s" was probably lost sometime after 1880 when erosion took its toll on these
islands and the inhabitants moved to Crisfield MD, Onancock Va or Tangier
Island itself. At that time what we now know as Tangier Island consisted of six
ridges or long narrow areas of land rising slightly above the marsh of which
three are inhabited today. Main Ridge is today the center of town. The old
church was in the same location as the present one on the northern end of this
ridge and the land south of it was called "The Field." At one time it was planted
with corn. Canton is the ridge just to the east of Main Ridge and is connected by
a bridge. It was on this ridge the first settlement was made and for a while was
more populated that Main Ridge. It is generally believed that the homes of the
early fishermen were here while the other ridges were used for farming. West
Ridge is about a mile long. In recent times a sea wall was erected and it has a
small airport or airpark on it.
Oyster Creek Ridge or what remains of this has long been abandoned. Joshua
Thomas’ son, John ran the first store on the island here. Canaan or "The
Up’ards" is about a mile and a half above the others and although at one time it
was connected to Main Ridge by a roadway it became unreachable by land
around 1923 and has not been inhabited since 1928. East Point Ridge was a
very small ridge to the northeast of Canton. It was abandoned in approximately
1905, shortly after the houses on it burned.
In 1670 Ambrose White received a patent for 400 acres called an Island in the
Chesapeake Bay. the next year White assigned his patent to Charles and John
West. In 1673 William Walton was granted 400 acres on the western island which
was formerly patented by White. There is a similar entry in the patent book three
years later but Scarburgh and West were the recipients instead of Walton and in
1678 a formal patent was issued to both of them. Charles Scarburgh left his
interest to his wife Elizabeth in 1702 and John West’s interest went to his eldest
son a year later. In 1713 two patents were granted to Elizabeth Scarburgh and
Anthony West for Tangier Islands. One was for 900 acres which included the
original 400 acres and 500 acres more found within its bounds. The other grant
was for 170 acres of new land south of Tangier called "Sandy Beach Island"
which was probably the hook shaped part that is now attached to the main of
the island. This was the first time Tangier Islands was named in the records.
Although Elizabeth Scarburgh left her interest to her daughters, some how the
title went to her oldest son, Bennett. It then passed to Henry Scarburgh and then
to a Charles Scarburgh. In 1762 Charles Scarburgh confirmed an undeeded sale
of his half to Colonel Thomas Hall. The next year Hall sold this to William
Andrews as 475 acres.
Tradition states that Tangier was first settled by a John Crockett and his eight
sons in 1686, who had come to the island to tend cattle, but nothing has been
found to verify this. The first Crockett of record on Tangier was Joseph, the son
of Sampson and the grandson of John Tyler of Smith’s Island MD. It was this
Joseph who bought 475 acres of the Andrews land in 1778. It does not seem
likely that Joseph tended cattle at all for he was left a inheritance by his
grandfather John Tyler, was bound to his uncle Thomas Tyler to be a weaver
and learn his numbers, lived on Smith’s Island MD with his uncle until about
1744, was made constable of "Tangier Islands" in 1763 and was given all of
"South Point" by John Fish in his will of 4 April 1765. It was not likely that a man
of some means would be tending cattle. By 1799 the West part of the patent had
descended down to a John West who in this year left his interest to his son
Anthony, who was to complete an unrecorded deed for 100 acres to Joseph’s
son John and the remainder was to be sold. Joshua Thomas, who was raised
on Smith’s Island, living with his cousin David Tyler there and had married
Rachel Evans, the daughter of Richard, bought 75 acres of it.
The 1800 census of Accomack County showed that there were 79 people on the
"Tangier Islands," most of which were Crocketts or descendants of Crocketts.
Farming was their chief occupation. By 1880 the population was 589 and by
1900 there were 1064 inhabitants. The population increased slowly between
1800 and 1850, and then rapidly until 1900.
In 1805 an event happened that had a great impact on the life on Tangier, the
Chesapeake Bay and Joshua Thomas in general. The number of Methodist
followers had been growing since the close of the Revolutionary War and
Joshua Thomas was hired to carry some people to a Methodist camp meeting
on Pungoteague Creek. While there, he heard Lorenzo Dow, a very powerful
preacher speak and he along with others were converted. On arriving home he
arranged for a meeting to be called. And, so, the Methodist Church was
established on Tangier. The small Methodist society, led by Thomas until he
moved to Deal’s Island MD met in homes until 1835 when the first church was
built. A list of members in 1825 includes: Henry Crockett and Sally Crockett,
Priscilla Crockett, a widow, Zachariah and Polly Crockett, Daniel and Esther
Dise, Rhoda Parks, Babel and Nancy Paul, George and Leah Pruitt, John and
Elizabeth Thomas, and John and Anna Thomas. The church grew and
prospered and in 1856 the first Sunday school was established by Henry
Crockett and Kathryn Sturgis; children and adults attended.
The War of 1812 did not have much effect on Tangier Island until 1813 when the
British extended their excursions up the Chesapeake Bay. By March of that year
the British had traveled up the Bay for about 180 miles. shortly after, they arrived
on Tangier Island. They had set up a number of water wells on the beach and
built several houses. They threw up breastworks and mounted a cannon on the
south end of the island adjacent to Joshua Thomas’ camp meeting grove and
also had plans to erect a hospital when summer came. At one point, about 1200
British soldiers must have been on the island. In Summer of 1813, the British
disembarked for their attack on Baltimore from Tangier Island. The commanding
officer asked Joshua Thomas to speak before they left and his sermon warned
of defeat.
There have been four epidemics on Tangier. First, in 1866, came Asian cholera.
Along with this epidemic came a religious revival with repenting and praying
when the people started to die. Bodies were quickly buried, many of them in
their front yard and without stones, for there was as many as five adults dying at
a time. Both the Death Records of Accomack County and the dates on the
graves with stones show that the island was hardest hit in the month of October.
In the early 1870’s there was both tuberculosis and a measles epidemic and in
the 1880’s there was smallpox.
Besides sickness, the weather can be and was harsh at times. There have been
many tropical storms and hurricanes to hit the island. One such storm in 1821
"The September Gust" swept over the island leaving great destruction. The
winters can also be especially hard. Almost once a year the Bay freezes making
travel to the mainland impossible for a few days and at least once a century the
freeze is so great that people walked on the ice to get supplies. Today supplies
are flown in.
With the advent of the seafood market in the 1840’s the Chesapeake Bay
became alive with sailing ships that carried oysters and later crabs to major
cities such as Baltimore and New York. The people gradually stopped
harvesting the land and harvested the waters. With the coming of the railroad to
Crisfield MD, their water crop could be shipped farther and oystering and
crabbing became their main livelihood. Tangier Island today is a mixture of old
and new. The people still follow the water, and along with Smith’s Island MD,
other bayside communities, supply a great amount of the nation’s seafood. The
majority of the people still follow the Methodist Religion that Joshua Thomas
brought to the Island in 1805. And, today, like in 1800 the population is mainly
Crocketts and descendants of Crocketts.
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Website http://www.tangierisland-va.com/
Phone Number Tele: 757 891 2999
Categories Restaurants,Museums,Lodging,
Fishing,Other,Hiking
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Submitted By MIKE MARRA MIKE MARRA (445 destinations have been submitted by this member)
Last Reviewed Friday, June 29, 2018
Recommended Airport
Name TGI-TANGIER ISLAND
Distance Located on this airport
Open to the Public? Yes
Longest Runway 02/20 - 2950 x 75 feet, Asphalt, in Fair condition
Control Tower No
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