Watermen's Museum
Yorktown, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

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.

Location / Directions:

From Williamsburg:

Take the Colonial Parkway to Yorktown.  Take the left exit marked "Yorktown Victory Center." At the end of the exit,  turn left onto Water Street at the Victory Center entrance.  Follow Water Street for about 1/4 mile.  The Watermen's Museum is on the left.   

From Richmond:

Take I-64 east to exit 250B (Route 105, Fort Eustis Blvd.) to Yorktown.  The exit ramp will lead you to a right turn onto Fort Eustis Blvd.  Follow this road until it ends at Route 17.  Turn left onto Route 17.  At the last exit before the Coleman Bridge, turn left onto Mathews Street.  (This exit is literally at the foot of the bridge.)  Follow Matthews Street about one block to the end where it meets Water Street.  Turn right onto Water Street.  The Museum is on the left.

From the Lower Peninsula:

Take I-64 west to Route 17 north, aka J. Clyde Morris Blvd.  Follow Route 17 towards Yorktown.  At the last exit before the Coleman Bridge, turn left onto Mathews Street.  (This exit is literally at the foot of the Bridge.)  Follow Matthews Street about one block to the end where it meets Water Street.  Turn right onto Water Street.  The Museum is on the left.

From Gloucester:

Take the Coleman Bridge towards the Peninsula.  Immediately after the bridge, take the first right turn onto Mathews Street. Follow it about one block to where it meets Water Street.  Turn right onto Water Street.  The Museum is on the left.  

Parking

Parking is across the street from the Museum or adjacent to the Museum on either side.

Driving Directions
Address: Watermen's Museum
309 Water Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
Phone: (757) 887-2641
E-mail: watermens@tni.net
Activities:

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.

Operating Hours: April 1 - Thanksgiving: Monday through Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4. December through March, weekends only. (Open on Monday Federal Holidays)
Fees: Adults - $4.00, Children - $1.00
Visitor Facilities: Restroom available, gift shop, knowledgeable docent at front desk with published guide to the museum exhibits.
Accessibility: We have a ramp on the back of the museum which gives wheel chair bound visitors access to the museum proper. The Carriage House, available for rentals and lectures, has an outside lift to gain access to the deck.
Website: http://www.watermens.org/

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