|The Pavilion Gazebo is the centerpiece of Cape Charles Pier and Boardwalk|
|The Palace Theatre (1941) was once the regular home of the 'Miss Virginia' pageant|
The early days of the automobile era added to the prosperity of the town. The automobile ferry "Virginia Lee" began operation in 1928 and within five years three round trip excursions occurred daily. Also, a second ferry to Ocean View began operation. In the years after the Second World War, it is estimated over two million people a year passed through Cape Charles. The ferries were a key part of the Ocean Highway, a highly publicized route from New York to Florida. The image at right shows the Cape Charles Ferry and how it was the key connection from the Peninsula to Norfolk. However, this brief period would be the peak of Cape Charles role as the Eastern Shore's transportation hub. In 1950, the Virginia Ferry Corporation moved the ferry terminal six miles to the south to Kiptopeake Beach. The automobile ferry era on the peninsula would end fourteen years later when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened and provided a continuous link between the Eastern Shore and the Mainland. The town received another blow in 1953 when passenger rail service was discontinued. The town still serves as a ferry terminal for freight rail. But the lost of passenger revenue, auto and rail, has removed the once "City of Cape Charles" from a gateway to the industrial North and transformed it to a quiet fishing, agricultural, and tourism driven town like many of its sister Eastern Shore communities.
|The Harbor Grille, an example of Cape Charles redefining itself.|
|One of the many older homes of Cape Charles.|