A Brief History of False Cape

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Part 2 of 3 in our series on journeying

  • False Cape got its name from its resemblance to Cape Henry. When viewed from the ocean, ship captains mistook it for the real Cape Henry running aground many a ship in its shallow waters. As a consequence, False Cape is known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic“.
  • A community called Wash Woods, was established by some survivors of a shipwreck around the 16th or early 17th century.
  • In more recent history, False Cape became a popular location for a number of hunt clubs because of its plentiful waterfowl.
  • Now a state park, False Cape is a destination for kayakers navigating its remote and pristine shorelines.00040washwoodcemetery

For more False Cape history, join us on our navigation and primitive camping trip, A Paddle Through Time. Kerry

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— Kerry Pflugh

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