The Ultimate Oyster Trip to Virginia’s Eastern Shore

My grandfather had a secret oyster bed back in the forties and fifties. Only 3 people knew where it was and all are gone now. Sure wish I had written things down when I was a child.

Enjoy articles about the shore’s past as my family arrived there in mid-160O’s. Roots run deep on the peninsula.

Visit Virginia's Eastern Shore

There’s a lot more to oysters than just eating them

Oysters from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, plucked from the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Chesapeake Bay on the other, ship to restaurants around the world. Buy them at Whole Foods and order them at Grand Central Oyster Bar in Manhattan.

Head here to eat your fill, right from the source, of our delicious bivalve: You’ll find them raw, smoked, roasted, fried, stuffed with crab, and in chowders, pastries, sandwiches and salads.

But there’s more. Oysters played a central role in the culture here over centuries.  Since the first days of America, oysters brought generational wealth to savvy business people and provided a good living to many more. Oysters caused bloody and violent conflict and the infamous Oyster Wars.  In the 1980s, the Virginia oyster industry collapsed, devastating local economies. Fast forward to today. The Virginia Eastern Shore oyster and clam industry is one of the…

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