Northampton County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. Consisting of the southern 35 miles of a 70 mile long stretch of the Delmarva Peninsula known as Virginia's Eastern Shore. "The Shore" as it is affectionately named, is cradled by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay or what is known locally as Bayside and Seaside. The Seaside, in particular, contains the largest island wilderness chain on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. The county is the epicenter of the late Eocene meteor strike that resulted in the Chesapeake Bay impact crater. Northampton County has a long history as a home for free African Americans during the era of slavery. Free blacks in America were first documented in Northampton County, Virginia, in 1662.

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