Postcard from Chincoteague, Virginia

Ponies gather by the water's edge on Assateague.

Ponies gather by the water’s edge on Assateague.

Marguerite Henry's book made the annual fire department fundraiser a worldwide sensation.

Marguerite Henry’s book made the annual fire department fundraiser a worldwide sensation.

This peaceful little island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is perhaps best known for the annual pony swim and penning from the ponies’ home on Assateague to Chincoteague. No wonder, the herd of chubby little brown and white dappled ponies fascinates visitors every day. The annual event is next scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, at 7 a.m..

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