What’s Happening Now!

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What’s Happening Now at the Museum?

Cocktails on the Creek Starting Again for the 2018 Season!

On Friday, April 13th at 5:30pm the Museum hosted its first Cocktails on the Creek – and the fun began!

Join your fellow members, neighbors and friends for this by-monthly (2nd and 4th Fridays) evening of food, libations and friendship.

Bring your own libation and a snack to share (chips, dips, meatballs, hot dips, desserts, etc.).  We place all food on a communal table and feast!  The Museum will have sodas, ice, and mixers available.  No reservations needed, just come on by – we’ll be in the Covington Building (back in the Watermen’s Gallery).


Elva C Creek Cruises Started on April 13th!

The Elva C, our fabulous work boat, wlll take passengers out on Cockrell’s Creek for a one-hour cruise right before Cocktails on the Creek every 2nd and 4th Friday from April 13-October!  These cruises are free, but due to limited space (15), you must call ahead for a seat to 804-453-6529.

Members & Media Preview Opening

All members, media and their friends are invited to the 2nd annual “Members & Media” open house on Friday, April 27th at 5:30pm.  This evening is in lieu of the usual Cocktails on the Creek.  Come explore the new exhibits and displays.  Bring a snack to share if you wish – we’ll have light refreshments and beer & wine as well.


2018 Winter/Spring Lecture Series in FULL Swing!

The last lecture of the Winter/Spring Lecture Series will be held on Monday, May 7th in Festival Halle at 7:00pm. Ms. Wendy Clark wil be discussing her historic novel Still Water Bending, which is set on the Chesapeake Bay. Wendy will have books to sell and sign as well.  Please attend this last lecture ~ its been a great season! 

There will be a question and answer session after the lecture – light refreshments will be served.  A $5 donation is requested.


The third lecture in the series featured representatives from the Julius Rosenwald School Foundation of Northumberland County, Inc. They told the story of Reedville’s own Rosenwald School, the last of the two-story schools in Virginia  The foundation was established in 2010 and its mission is to continue the legacy of the Julius Rosenwald High School, and to restore the property in order to provide services to meet the needs of the community. 

Julius Rosenwald (1862- 1932) was a part-owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company and a philanthropist.  Mr. Rosenwald met two prominent educators and proponents of African-American education.  William H. Baldwin and Booker T. Washington, who encouraged Rosenwald to address the poor state of African-American education in the Uinited States.  He subsequently established the Rosenwald Fund in 1917, and donated millions of dollars in matching funds for projects built by and for communities to support the education of African American children in the South.  The rural school building program was one of the largest projects administered by the Rosenwald Fund. The first six schools opened in rural Alabama in 1913-14.  The Rosenwald Fund contributed matching funds to build more the 5,000 schools, shops, and homes for teachers in the South.  These school became known as “Rosenwald Schools”

Reedville’s school opened in 1917 as the Northumberland County Training School, and was one of a handful of two-story Rosenwald schools.  The school provided education and training to African American children until its closing in 1958 as school desegregation began.  The property was subsequently purchased by a local family and the school building was used to store hay.  Efforts are now underway to preserve the school building and restore it for community use.

There will be a question and answer period following the lecture, and light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Contact the main office at 840-453-6529

Rosenwald School




Just prior to the opening, the Easter Bunny will arrive at the dock aboard the Elva C at 10am – and start the Easter Egg Hunt (co-sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church).  Kids are encouraged to attend!



THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN DURING EASTER BREAK WEEK, Mon, April 2nd thru Sunday, April 8th. The model trains will run during museum hours!

NOTE: After 4/8th, the Museum will be open weekends only thru April.  It will THEN open 6 days a week as of Tuesday, May 1st.


ATTENTION MEMBERS & MEDIA:  On Friday, April 27th at 5:30pm (until 7pm) in the Covington Building, there will be a “Members & Media Preview Open House“… if you are a museum member or a member of the media, come share a drink and see the 2018 exhibits, including “A Chesapeake Pearl: 30 Years at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum.”







“RFM” in maritime signal flags!



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 museum 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 804.453.6529 if you would like to join our wonderful volunteer force!

Thank you so much.