The Watermen's Museum tells the story of Virginia's working watermen who for generations have worked the rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay harvesting, year round, its abundant products. The first Virginia watermen were native American Indians who taught the Colonists to fish and set nets. From Revolutionary times to the present, learn about "Wooden Boats and Iron Men".
Indoor exhibits include workboat models and displays that show the challenge and skills used in crabbing, oystering, clamming, and fishing during the seasonal changes on the Bay
Outdoors, visit the workboats, try your hand at tonging for oysters and see the tools of the trade of the watermen. Also, visit the Boat Shop where voluteers work at restoring workboats.
Our gift shop presents many unique articles related to the Chesapeake Bay and features work of local artists and craftsmen.