Dive into the fascinating story of Reedville, VA! This historic town has been a focal point of the commercial fishing industry since the late 19th century, and this tradition continues today. When you’re not marveling at the beautiful homes along Main Street, stop in at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum! The activities below are some of the best ways to explore the rich maritime history here. Just don’t forget to grab your complimentary Vacation Guide before you go! It’s free and full of ideas for more historical sites, museums, and attractions throughout the Northern Neck!
The Top 4 Activities at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum
1. Walk Through the Oldest House in Reedville
Have you ever thought about what life was like in Reedville during the late 19th century? At the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, you’re invited to step inside the William Walker House for a behind-the-scenes look! The house dates back to 1875 and has since been restored to show visitors what a waterman’s house would have looked like back then. Knowledgeable docents are always happy to take you on a tour through the home and answer any questions you might have!
2. Explore Remarkable Displays
When the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum opened in 1988, it only featured the William Walker House. Seven years later, they were able to expand their campus with the construction of The Covington Building. Since then, it has blossomed into a home for permanent collections as well as the rotating exhibit in the Watermen’s Gallery. As you walk through the halls, you can find photographs, model ships, and artifacts. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop while you’re there!
3. View Several Unique Boats
The fascinating collection at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum isn’t limited to inside the buildings. If you walk outside to the docks along Cockrell’s Creek, you can find a fleet of unique boats waiting for you! Among these magnificent vessels are the Elva C. and the Claud W. Somers, which are featured on the National Register of Historic Places! Stop by to learn the story behind each boat, and get an up-close look at their unique designs!
4. Attend a Variety of Events
Did you know that there are also several events at Reedville Fishermen’s Museum throughout the year? Feel free to check out their Annual Oyster Roast! You can even stay nearby at the Hope & Glory Inn and Vineyard to enjoy our medal-winning wines and oyster specials for the Fall Oyster Crawl as well!
Start Your Journey at the Hope and Glory Inn!
The Northern Neck is a hotbed of historical attractions like the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Kilmarnock Museum, Steamboat Era Museum, and the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. If you’d like to experience all of these and more, we invite you to stay at the Hope and Glory Inn. Our beautiful inn is nestled in the small town of Irvington, offering an elegant retreat within minutes of these fascinating destinations!
At the Hope and Glory Inn, you’re welcome to take your pick from several uniquely designed rooms and suites, each with their own distinctive character. Room 4 is an excellent example, featuring stylish black and white decor, a queen-size bed, and a soothing clawfoot tub. When you’re not enjoying the beauty inside, you can step out onto the balcony to view our pristine landscape!
Reserve your favorite room today and start an unforgettable trip filled with relaxation, romance, and adventure! We look forward to seeing you in the Northern Neck!