3062 Ridge Road
Chincoteague, VA 2333
Bebee Ranch Description
For fans of Marguerite Henry's "Misty of Chincoteague" and "Stormy, Misty's Foal," a visit to Bebee's Ranch brings the stories to life. Stroll through Misty and Stormy's stable (Misty's saddle hasn't been moved in four decades); watch a film about the Bebee family and their horses; meet Billy (grandson of Grandma and Grandpa Beebe and, along with his brothers, the inspiration for some of the "Stormy" book); view pictures and other family memorabilia; and pet Angel, a great-great granddaughter of Misty. Misty and Stormy are there, too -- preserved and available for viewing and photo-taking in a side room of the house.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Kids 5 and younger are admitted free; kids 6 and older and adults cost $5.
School-Age Kids: Viewing the taxidermied Misty and Stormy is optional -- they're in a separate room behind a curtain. If kids are unsure, they can completely skip it or just take a peek to gauge their comfort level.
- Smaller than you imagine. The ranch has been subdivided, and today the Bebee house and barn are in a residential area.
- Reasonably priced souvenirs. Books, videos, postcards, and the like (many autographed or available to be autographed by Billy) are for sale in the small store. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
- Not for everyone. Fans of the books will remember the beloved stories with renewed affection after a trip to the ranch; nonfans will see an aging barn. Only true fans should make this stop.
Just the Facts
Hours: July 4 to Aug. 31 only: Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-3 p.m. Additional hours during the Pony Penning Week; call for details.
Fees: Less than $10
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour