Marguerite Henry, a writer of children's
stories, came to Chincoteague in 1946 to see the wild horses she had
read about. She met people who had first hand knowledge of the horses
and the shipwreck legend they had inherited from their ancestors. Her
book, Misty of Chincoteague, was published in 1947 and earned a Newbery Honor for children's literature. In 1960, 20th Century Fox descended on Chincoteague Island
and produced a movie called Misty starring Arthur O'Connell as Clarence "Grandpa"
Beebe and Anne Seymour as Ida "Grandma" Beebe,
two real people, not only familiar with the wild horses on Assateague, but
the legend that said they came from a Spanish shipwreck. The Hidden
Galleon describes the heritage of the Beebe family and how they came
to know the popular tradition.