About Parksley, Virginia

Our History

Parksley, Virginia is a small Victorian community located in central Accomack County.  The Town is located three miles east of the Chesapeake Bay and five miles west of the Atlantic Ocean.

The founders of Parksley were Mr. Henry R. Bennett, Mr. Samuel T. Jones, Mr. William C. Wilson, and Miss Elizabeth Chadbourne. They and others formed the Parksley Land Improvement Company in 1885; this still exists today.  Parksley was named for Benjamin F. Parks, from whom most of the 160 acres of land had been purchased.

The town was laid out in 1885 and incorporated in 1904. Dunne Avenue and Bennett Street mark the commercial center of Parksley.

​Detailed town history and personal accounts are stored in the town office. 

The Eastern Shore 
Railroad Museum

Come learn about the history of the railroad on the Eastern Shore!

Other Attractions

Parksley boasts several other attractions – places to eat, play, and learn. Parksley boasts two churches, a fire station, grocers, hardware shops, auto shops, a Department of Motor Vehicles office, a park, a bridal and formal shop, a coming art gallery, and more.

​More information can be obtained by inquiring at the town office.

Town hall can be contacted at 757-665-4618

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