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Deal Island

Located in Western Somerset County on the Tangier Sound, the island is three miles long and one mile wide with two villages, Wenona at one end and Deal Island at the other.  Income on the island was, and still is mainly derived from working the water.  The small harbor in Wenona is the home port of several of the last remaining working Skipjacks, the sailing vessels that still dredge for oysters in the bay.  For over 50 years the Annual Skipjack Races & Festival has been held in Deal Island waters, paying homage to the graceful boats of the bay with parades, boat docking contest, and a race of the historic skipjacks themselves.  Make time to visit the Skipjack Museum in Chance, it’s worth the stop.