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New Years’ Eve Gala

Please join your friends and family for our annual New Years’ Eve gala, to be held on Sunday, December 31st from 9:00pm to 12:30am at Festival Halle (177 Main Street, Reedville).  Bring your own libations and snacks; the Museum will provide party favors, desserts, music by DJ Russ, and a champagne toast at midnight!

$25 per person; call for reservations soon – we hope to fill the tables soon.  804-453-6529

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings

No matter how you celebrate the Holidays, this is the time of year when we can all come together to rejoice and celebrate!

The Museum has SO much to be thankful for in 2017 – and believe me when I say that we are indeed grateful to YOU all.  Our board, the volunteers, our committees, our museum members, our constituents and our local residents are the BEST.  I would also like to add my own heartfelt thanks to the staff – Janet makes the office run smoothly, and helps me be less frantic – all on a daily basis! 🙂

The Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek event came off without too many hitches, despite the horrid weather!  And our first annual “Mistletoe and Mimosas” fashion show and brunch was a terrific fund-raiser that was enjoyed by almost 140 guests.   These events took an amazing amount of coordination by Jennifer Bramblet and Maureen Gillmer – and the countless volunteers who assisted!

If you missed any of these events, please take heart – they’re annual, so we’ll be hosting them again in 2018.

Oh, and 2018 is going to be a wild ride!  Its our 30th anniversary – so we’re hosting 30 events/activities/exhibits for the year.  Keep reading this website over the next few months to see what we have in store for you!

Happy happy, y’all!


November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Museum Board of Directors, staff and volunteers wish you ALL a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. The Museum’s main office will be closed from 2pm on Wednesday, 11/22 (so we can finish making the stuffing) until Monday, 11/27th at 9am.

HOWEVER… the Museum galleries AND the Model Shop will be open on Black Friday from 10:30-4:30, Saturday, 11/25th from 10:30-4:30, and Sunday, 11/16th from 1:00pm-4:00pm.  The model trains will be running during this special weekend!!!  Bring the family!




Tickets are AVAILABLE for the annual Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek

What a great way to start the 2017 Holiday Season… See the page for all the details of the weekend. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by coming to the Main Office (Butler House) or calling  – we’ll hold them at will call for you.  Note: if you purchase via credit card, there is a 3% surcharge.

Tickets are $25 per person pre-sales; $30 weekend of tour.  You can visit individual homes for $10 per home.

Call for details – 804-453-6529

November 2017

Last of the OYSTER ROAST Tickets are NOW Available!

There are a few tickets left for the upcoming Oyster Roast on November 11th – call the office ASAP and order yours now.  This is a great event – a fundraiser – and folks all over the Neck talk about how much fun they have. ALL you can EAT and drink – for $50 per ticket!  Call now!



October, 2017

Fall Has Arrived!

What a lovely time of year to visit our corner of the Northern Neck! Reedville and its surrounds are thriving in the crisp fall air, and its a great time to discover, explore and get rejuvinated.

During the next two months, the Museum will host an amazing array of activties and events – from our participation in Reedville’s Halloween Fright Night (6-8pm on 10/31); our almost-world-famous OYSTER ROAST (11/11 – 2-5pm), the running of the model trains all Thanksgiving weekend (11/24-26th), our new “Mistletoe & Mimosas” fashion show and brunch (12/8th at 10:30am at Festival Halle); Santa arriving in town via the Elva C (12/9th at 9:00am), the annual Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek (12/9-10th), and the annual New Year’s Eve Gala at Festival Halle (12/31 – 9:00-12:30).

2018 marks our 30th Anniversary – and we’re gearing up for a year filled with educational and fun activities… we’ll keep you posted on each and every event.

Please stop by and say hi – and bring your family and guests over during the fall/winter holiday season.  We’ll be open for tours on weekends starting in November (closed for major holidays and over the Oyster Roast weekend).

Happy Fall, y’all!!!

Carol Sullivan’s “Last Snow of 2017”





Posted July, 2017

Lazy, Hazy Days are Here!


Summer has arrived on the Neck, and while it might be lazy, hazy day for some, the Museum is in FULL gear and keeping things alive and kickin’ on campus.

The Museum will stay open later on THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, and SATURDAY evenings starting August 1st (until October 31st) as part of a new partnership with the “Chesapeake Breeze” (the ferry to Tangier Island). The boat arrives at Buzzard Point Marina at 4pm… and passengers will be reminded to run over to the Museum. We’ll stay open until 5pm to accommidate these folks (and anyone else who would like to visit us!).

And let’s not forget the annual Antique and Traditional Small Boat Show, on SATURDAY, SEPTEPMBER 9th at and around the Museum.  Food, drink, antique small crafts on view, a nautical flea market, and more … from 10-4 on campus. $5 entry fee at gate.

NEW THIS YEAR: Special Lecture at Festival Halle!  On MONDAY, September 25th at 7pm join us for a lecture by Dr. Cross on VIBRIO, a deadly disease that can affect watermen and folks enjoying the Bay. Co-sponsored by the Smith Point Sea Rescue – free to all!

… and later in the Fall….. much more to come!  Including the annual Poker Run, the annual Oyster Roast (voted best on the Neck by House & Home magazine readers), and the annual two-day Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek!



Summer Has Sprung at the RFM!

Well…. sorta!

It’s blustery and very cold right now, but that did not deter the hardy staff, board and volunteers in their quest to get the Museum and its campus all “ship shape” for the 2017 season.

We opened to the Members & Media so they could preview the new exterior way-finding signage, color schemes, and “tweaks” to the displays and long-term exhibits.  New this season: KidsKorners, nine hands-on interactives for children young and old – these units are there to helps kids “discover” the spirit and adventures of the lower Chesapeake Bay, and Cockrell’s Creek. So far the reaction from parents, grandparents and kids has been very positive!

We’re now open Tues-Sat 10:30-4:30pm, Sun 1-4pm for the “season”





“RFM” in maritime signal flags!


Six Months In…

Lee Langston-Harrison, a veteran museum professional with forty years experience in the field, arrived in the office on Monday, January 23rd with the fierce winds coming up the coast in one of our many winter storms. Langston-Harrison has moved to Reedville to set up housekeeping and her office… she’s rarin’ to go, and welcomes one and all to stop by for a visit. 

Change, it seems, isn’t always welcomed. And in the five plus months Lee’s been in charge, there hasn’t been complete smooth sailing at the Museum. However, Langston-Harrison is determined to listen, learn, and, when needed, alter her course of action to honor the past, while moving the institution forward. Residents, colleagues, docents, volunteers, Board members, and staff are welcome to stop by and talk!


Museum Receives $12,000 Grant

In 2016 The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum was awarded a $12,000 grant from Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power. The grant was part of Dominion’s annual competitive program to support environmental projects that protect and preserve natural habitats, improve open spaces, make nature accessible or educate the public about environmental stewardship.

In 2016 Dominion awarded $1 million in environmental grants through its philanthropic arm, the Dominion Foundation. “We are proud to support the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum as they work to protect natural resources and make its community more livable and enjoyable,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “It’s very rewarding to support their efforts because they align well with our mission to conserve and promote the health and beauty of the environment in the places we call home.”

The museum used the funds to repair and equip the 1911 skipjack, the Claud W. Somers, and readied her to pass upgraded U.S. Coast Guard certification.  Shawn Hall, the former museum director, stated that this would permit the sailing vessel to carry up to 15 passengers, in addition to her all-volunteer Captain and crew, and to serve as a sea-going platform for a variety of education modules. “It is a tremendous opportunity for the museum to have the Somers back in full service and at the same time, expand our educational programs. We are deeply appreciative of the support from the Dominion Foundation” says Hall.

The Somers, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, will enhance the museum’s public education programs that include the heritage of Chesapeake watermen and their boats, the history of the oyster, crab and menhaden fisheries and the biology and ecosystem of these important species.  Captain Gerhard Straub is excited that the Somers will provide the public (visitors, school groups and private charters) with not only an exciting tour on the Bay but also hands-on skills and experience.  The museum’s education committee chair, Dr. Kim Schmidt, says “The Dominion grant will enable us to promote environmental stewardship by presenting lessons from the past, inspiring an appreciation of the watermen and the Bay and motivating the public to respect and protect both.”

006webLeft to Right: Pete Kauneckas (Museum Boat Shop Chair), Becky Haynie (Museum Volunteer, Retired Dominion Employee), Cindy Balderson (Manager, Dominion Foundation), Bruce Soles (Dominion Construction Supervisor), James Beazley (Dominion State & Local Affairs), Bill Brent (President of Museum Board), Gerhard Straub (Claud Somers Captain), Dr. Kim Schmidt (Museum Education Committee Chair/Board Member), Jacob Hayden (Dominion Local Supervisor – Lively), Anita Powell (Dominion State & Local Affairs), Sue Lindsey (Museum’s Living Shoreline Garden Manager)


ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS! Interested in History?


Volunteer Docents Are in Great Demand!

The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum needs some help from our local area residents and friends. We are in need of new docents to man the gift shop and guide our visitors through the museu and its campus. Shifts are only 3 1/2 hours long. There are two docents per shift and two shifts per day. If you can spare time to volunteer for one or two shifts per month, it would make a huge difference! You can even pick which days of the week you would like to help. Complete training is provided and it is not difficult to learn.

Please contact the museum office at 453.6529 if you would like to join our wonderful volunteer force! Thank you so much.



watermensmemorialThe Northern Neck Watermen’s Memorial

This memorial was unveiled and dedicated on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 2 pm.

This project was a cooperative effort between the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and the Kilmarnock Museum. More than 70 names of watermen who have perished while at sea are inscribed on the monument. Extensive research was conducted to establish the names listed. As new entries are identified, they will also be added to the memorial. This is the first of its kind on the Northern Neck and is a long overdue recognition of those brave souls who gave their all in pursuit of the menhaden, the fish which provided has provided a living for many generations of Northern Neck watermen. The monument features an obelisk almost 8′ tall, with names engraved into the black granite on the four sides of the lower shaft. The base will have the quotations shown above. It will be prominently featured on the street side of the museum, just off the gravel parking lot adjacent to the Walker House. More information and photographs will be added after the unveiling and dedication.