Virginia’s barrier islands, once the social hotspot for the local and visiting wealthy, are now a quiet monument to the region’s storied past. The Cobb Hotel, in it’s heyday over a hundred years ago, entertained guests from all over…you could follow the trail of money all the way to New York. In 1896, Cobb’s Island was all but destroyed when a high tide swept across the island, demolishing the famous hotel and left only three buildings standing. You can visit the site of the old Cobb Hotel and tour the structures that remain. Read about the Barrier Island Center and plan a visit.