The GHOTES Hog Island Connection
In the late 1800's, at least five lavish hunting and fishing clubs were established on Virginia's barrier islands; one of the largest was in the town of Broadwater, on Hog Island. The town, located in a pine forest near the middle of the island, at its height had a population of about 300 and contained 50 houses, a lighthouse, a school, and a church and cemetery. Erosion destroyed the lighthouse before 1930, and in 1933 a hurricane inundated all of Hog Island, destroying much of the town and killing the protective pine forest. By the early 1940's, all inhabitants had left the island. The former site of the town is now under several meters of water and hundreds of meters from the shore.
(From the USGS as modified from Rice, Niedoroda, and Pratt, The coastal processes and geology: Virginia barrier islands, vol. 1 (Ecosystem description), part B, of Virginia Coast Reserve Study conducted by the Nature Conservancy.)
This section of the GHOTES Web site is dedicated to Hog Island, Hog Islanders, and Hog Island lovers. We'll be adding stories, maps, photos, census information, and family trees. We begin with an incredible file generously shared by Yvonne Marshall Widgeon, who, like so many others moved from Hog Island, resides now in Willis Wharf. Yvonne has provided us with glimpses as well as photos of Hog Island as only our senior Islanders can remember.
Here you will find links to other GHOTES pages that are related to Hog Island life, and links to other sites on the Internet.
If you have family ties to Hog Island, we'd love to add the information to this section of the GHOTES Web site. Please let me know. .
Page updated February 16, 2004 (wls)
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