You can get a good idea of just how rural and quiet life is on Virginia’s Eastern Shore by visiting Eastville (pop. 281), the seat of Northampton County. A mile west of US-13 on a well-marked business loop, Eastville centers on the redbrick courthouse and old county jail, with a handful of even older buildings dating back to the mid-1700s. Eastville has an excellent roadside crab shack along US-13: the Great Machipongo Clam Shack (757/442-3800) has crabmeat sandwiches, fresh steamed clams, and an astonishing variety of shellfish, most of it grown, caught, or picked by the owners.