Lynnhaven Inlet, Virginia Beach. 1950’s era electric train bridge and the modern bridges under construction and destruction.
At one time the inlet as we know it did not exist. There was a three mile boat trip to Little Creek Inlet through the present day neighborhoods of Bay Lake Pines and Chesapeake Beach. Adam Keeling (1638-1683) and a group of neighbors described a sandbar as the only thing separating the Chesapeake Bay and a closer passage to the Lynnhaven River so one day, in the late 1600’s, they dug a ditch wide enough for a canoe to pass. A Nor’Easter followed quickly behind their effort and opened the ditch to a wide inlet. This new Inlet and tidal flow pattern changed the area immediately and forever. It is interesting to note that Adam Keeling was born at the Jamestown Colony but ultimately owned 400 acres on the west side of the Lynnhaven Inlet. His offspring would hold some of river’s finest oyster leases, continue to be influential in the area and his name graces that of streets, land masses and nautical charts to this day.
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