Pungoteague is a census-designated place (CDP) in Accomack County, Virginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 Census was 347.
The name itself is a derivative of the Indian term "Pungotekw," which means Sand Fly River and is the name used by the earliest inhabitants.
In late summer of 1665, William Darby and two of his friends dared present a play at Cowle's Tavern. Entitled Ye Bear and Ye Cub, this drama is believed to have been the first theater performance in the New World.
Another notable local landmark is Saint George's Church. It is believed that the first meetings of the Pungoteague Episcopal congregation were held in 1636, with the church's first building being constructed from 1666 to 1676. The original frame church was replaced in 1736 by a brick structure in the Flemish-bond pattern. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Shepherd's Plain was added in 1982.
In the mid-19th century, Pungoteague was a point along the stagecoach route between Wilmington, Delaware and Eastville, Virginia.