The sailors saw the land coming toward them and knew they must be getting close to their destination. It had to be Cape Henry.
Alas, they were wrong. They had strayed too far south and had reached the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
Throughout the 19th century, countless ships ran aground in this weather-beaten area of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Many perished in the dangerous storms that often pelted this area.
But some survived and made it to shore.
Here in this isolated corner of the world, four generations of people lived and died by the sea in a little village called Wash Woods. This long-forgotten place comes to life through the tales of Mary Margaret “Mamie” Marsh, a descendant of those shipwrecked survivors, as she details what it was like to grow up in a seaside town at the turn of the 20th century.