Chincoteague Island

Misty of Chincoteague is a children's book written by Marguerite Henry in 1947. The book is based on the true story of a Chincoteague Pony named Misty. Set on the costal island of Chincoteague, Virginia, the book tells the story of the Beebe family and their efforts to raise a filly born to a wild horse. The book became a best seller and made Chincoteague, and the annual Pony Penning famous.

The real life Misty was born on July 20, 1946 on Assateague Island, sired by Pied Piper, out of a dam called Phantom. Misty was a 12 hand palomino tobiano and sabino pinto whose coloration included a large patch of white on her side, shaped like the United States, and a blaze shaped like the state of Virginia.

Marguerite Henry met Misty in 1946 when she went to Chincoteague in search of a story for her book. She purchased Misty from the Beebe's and Misty went to live in Wayne, Illinois. Misty shared the farm with a Morgan horse named Friday, a donkey named Brighty and Marguerite Henry's Dachshund, Alex of Jandelo. Misty had three foals throughout her life, Phantom Wings, Wisp O' Mist, and her most famous foal, Stormy.

After spending part of her life at Marguerite Henry's Illinois home, she was moved back to Chincoteague where she died in 1972 at the age of 26. Misty's hoof prints are in the sidewalk outside the Roxy Movie Theatre in Chincoteague and her body, along with her foal Stormy, have been preserved and can be seen at the Museum of Chincoteague.

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See photos of Misty:

Painting Pony
at The Pony Centre

Sadly we have decided not to attend Pony Penning this year, but we hope you'll still visit our friends at the Chincoteague Pony Centre during Pony Penning week.

Beach Walk

See the ponies make their way from the north corral to the south corral along the beach.

Pony Swim Day

Ponies swim the Assateague Channel at Chincoteague Memorial Park. After a brief rest, ponies are herded to Carnival Grounds.

Auction Day

Auction of Ponies (yearlings or younger) owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co.

Swim Back

Watch as some of the ponies make the return to Assateague Island.

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