Assateague Island became dedicated as a National Seashore on September 21, 1965, but its rich history and culture begins long before.
At one time Assateague was not an island, but rather was connected to the popular Fenwick Island. A storm in August of 1933 ripped through the long island opening an inlet between the southern end of Ocean City and the new Assateague. Taking advantage of this new opening, the inlet was fortified to keep it open, allowing passage from the ocean to the bay. To this day you can stand on the tip of either island and view the other from across the inlet.