ESCC occupies a 115-acre site on U.S. Route 13 in Melfa, Virginia. Campus buildings are surrounded by woods that are home to various forms of wildlife including deer, foxes, geese, ducks and many species of birds. Melfa is part of Accomack County, the larger of two counties comprising the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a narrow peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean with hundreds of miles of shoreline, farmland, forests, and very small historic towns. The 70-mile long region is part of the Delmarva Peninsula and is connected to the mainland of Virginia by the 17-mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The terrain is very flat throughout, ranging from sea level to 50 feet above sea level. The area includes barrier islands. At the northern end of the Atlantic side is the beach community of Chincoteague, famous for its annual wild pony roundup. “Saltwater Cowboys” swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague to keep the herd healthy, thin the herd, and raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. Wallops Flight Facility, a NASA space launch base, is located at Chicoteague. Tangier Island, off the western shore in the Chesapeake Bay, is another day-tourist destination.