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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.

On SATURDAY, July 22nd we hosting “LEGACY”, a local band that keeps the dance vibes going. Join us on Saturday evening under the Pavilion at 7pm (until 10pm) for the great sounds of summer. $10 pp, bring your own picnic and libations; or, purchase ice cold beer, a glass of wine, or a soda here.  Kick off your flip flops and dance the night away!  Tickets available at the gate!  NOTE: IF there is a big storm brewing, we’ll move to Festival Halle. Notices will be posted at the Museum if we move.

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!).

The Buy Boat Association is coming to Reedville!!!  This year’s cruising will include a few days at the pier at Crazy Crab – arriving on Wednesday (8/2) and leaving on Friday (8/4).  The Museum is hosting a potluck picnic at the Pavilion on Thursday evening (8/3rd) for participants and any Museum member (bring a dish to share). More information to come soon.  Mark your calendars!

Kid’s Model Ship Workshop/Camp:  Monday, July 31st through Friday, August 4th. 10-2 daily; for kids 9-16 years of age. $100 pp.  Kids will learn the ancient art of model ship building, and take their boats home at the end of the week.  Space is limited, so please call the office ASAP. 804-453-6529

Last summer concert is on SUNDAY, August 20th at FESTIVAL HALLE; 6-8pm.  “JJ & Company” will play dance music all night.$10 pp, Bring a picnic and a libation; or, purchase ice cold beer, a glass of wine, or a soda while there, Tickets at the door.

NEW THIS SUMMER!  A dance concert on SATURDAY, August 26th at Festival Halle.  Ron Moody and his band will play funky dance vibes all evening. This is a fund-raiser (or should we say a “fun-raiser,” hehe) for the Museum. $20 pp; call for tickets at 804-453-6529.

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 11th 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 (a $5 donation is requested).

… 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.