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“Quiet, interesting”

Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Employees were very pleasant and informative. Enjoyed walking the grounds, though was very ht this time of year.

Thank Bonnie E
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

My family had a great time at this former military base turned wildlife refuge. Ranger John Miller happened to be on hand to show us the 16-inch gun from the USS Missouri. He advised us to go on top of the bunker, and what a view. Smith island can be seen nearby. The loop trail around the bunker is shaded, a blessing on a hot day.

The visitor center was just as good with history of the eastern shore as it relates to the local ecology. My family especially liked the film on the construction on the Bridge/Tunnel.

Thank spheare
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We walked all along the Butterfly Trail. There is plenty of plant life to see, most everything in bloom, and butterflies everywhere. The day we went it was HOT, we did not complete all of the trails because of the heat and humidity. The staff at the Information Center was very nice, she could tell my wife was suffering from the heat so she offered her a nice refillable water bottle that she could fill with cold water before we walked back to the car, 1/2 mile away. I plan to go back in the Fall to explore the rest of the refuge.

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed the museum, the many forms of wildlife we viewed (including eagles soaring above the old bunker), and the learning opportunities we engaged in which included World War 2 history, as well as lessons in regional flora and fauna...There is a nice trail, with a wonderful 'lookout point'...The kids had a great time.

Thank Kat H
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Just ten miles south of the Chesapeake Bay town of Cape Charles, Virginia lies the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge reclaimed the land from the Cape Charles Air Force Base and previously WW ll Fort John Custis. The refuge is a birders paradise, but was also the home of huge WW ll gun bunkers. During the war these bunkers housed 16" cannons that protected the Chesapeake Bay and Norfolk Naval Facilities. These cannons were able to fire a 2000 pound projectile 25 miles. The refuge is now home to a real 16"/50 caliber, 68 foot long, 120 cannon barrel. The WW ll relic was on the USS Missouri during the Japanese surrender September 2, 1945. The Missouri Cannon is a welcome sight for WW ll history buffs and a prize display for the wildlife refuge. The refuge is a great place to visit. It has a huge interactive visitor center with volunteers that make you feel welcome.

Thank vetsax1
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