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Home > Visit a Gateway > J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum and Ward Brothers Workshop
J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum and Ward Brothers Workshop - Crisfield, MD
J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum and Ward Brothers Workshop
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The J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum is located along the waterfront of Crisfield, Maryland. The museum traces the history of the lower Eastern Shore with exhibits on the beginnings of the Chesapeake Bay, the influence of Native Americans on the early colonists, seafood harvesting and processing, the history of Crisfield, and the evolution of that truly American art form, decoy carving and painting.

Crisfield has long been famous as a center of the Chesapeake Bay seafood industry. Those hardy individuals known as the Chesapeake watermen harvested oysters and crabs by the millions. The museum tells their story and that of the people who process the catch and transport it to markets throughout the United States and the world.

Tours of the Ward Brothers Workshop provide visitors with the opportunity to watch decoy carvers and museum interpreters continue the traditions and techniques employed by two master carvers -- the Ward Brothers.
Hours: Memorial Day through October 30th:
9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday

November 1st to Memorial Day:
9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Closed weekends
Fees: Adults: $2.50
Under 12: free
For more information about J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum and Ward Brothers Workshop call (410) 968-2501.

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