J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum and Ward Brothers Workshop
Crisfield, MD
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Brief Description: 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.
Location / Directions: The Tawes Museum is located in Crisfield, Maryland, at the Somers Cove Marina. The Ward Brothers Workshop is located off-site, but must be accessed from the Museum.

From US Route 13 on the Delmarva Peninsula, take route 413 South into the town of Crisfield, about 15 miles. In town, follow signs for the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum.
Driving Directions
Physical Address: J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum and Ward Brothers Workshop
3 Ninth Street
Crisfield, MD 21817
Mailing Address: J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum and Ward Brothers Workshop
P. O. Box 253
Crisfield, MD 21817
Visitor Phone: (410) 968-2501
Activities: The Tawes Historical Museum is the starting place for the Port of Crisfield Escorted Walking Tour and the Ward Brothers Heritage Tour. The Port of Crisfield tour takes visitors through the port area of the City. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to a modern crab and oyster processing facility where one can see first hand how the products of the Chesapeake are made ready for market.

The Ward Brothers Heritage Tour takes visitors back in time to the days of Lem and Steve Ward—the founders of the art form known as decoy carving and painting. A visit to their workshop and the little known Jenkins Creek area make this tour a truly unique experience.

Bay Art & Decoy Carving Boat Access Tours / Walking Tours

Operating 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

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