Our small museum offers a wide range of educational opportunities for kids, kids at heart, and the more serious learners, too. Our summer programs (kids call them camps) offer children the opportunity to be a pirate, dig for artifacts, build a boat, or explore the diversity of the natural world. Our field trip programs offer Pre-K through college students, at-risk youth, physically and emotionally challenged adults, seniors and civic groups, the opportunity to explore and learn about history, the environment, conservation, culture and many more topics.
We offer our members and the general public a vast array of educational and entertainment venues and events, as well has hosting special events throughout the year. Examples of these are weekly or monthly concerts, dances, storytelling, and lecture events. Many of these are accompanied by seafood dinners, highlighting our Commercial Watermen roots as fishers, clammers, oysterers, and crabbers.
And, we hold large-scale annual events such as our springtime grand re-opening and a pirate invasion, summertime concert and vendor events, and or always-popular Oyster Roast, Folk Festival, Yorktown Days / Maritime Heritage celebration, and Chili Cook-off.
We have been selected as on of Virginia’s Top Wedding Locations. And’ we host numerous other events such as corporate retreats, civic group meetings, Our Beach, Carriage House, Events Tent, and large vehicle parking lot make us a one-of-a-kind venue in Yorktown. And, of course, you have to love the spectacular view.
We are currently in the process of upgrading a lot of our internal processes, including this web site. We’ve joined the world of Twitter and Facebook social media to increase our public image and awareness of what we have to offer. We are building boats, painting buildings and fences. We’re interviewing commercial watermen and will show these interviews in our small museum theater area. We have spearheading efforts to have the York River officially designated as both a Scenic River and a Historic River. We are working with maritime archaeologists and civil and government experts to explore and identify the historic shipwrecks. And, we are working with local watermen to establish tour aboard local deadrise fishing boats, allowing the public to experience a day in the life of a commercial waterman.
If you have any ideas on how we can improve, please let us know. We exist to make learning about the lives, culture, boats, and work of the Watermen from before the colonists through the modern times.
So, come join us — be a visitor or a Museum member. We promise you a lot of fun…and you’ll even learn something along the way.