If you’re planning a vacation to Irvington, VA, be sure to schedule some time to see the Steamboat Era Museum! It’s a fantastic way to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and see how the steamboats changed the lives of everyone in the area. While you’re researching activities for your time in the Northern Neck, be sure to utilize our complimentary Vacation Guide! It’s easily accessible and packed with helpful information. Inside, you can find our top recommendations for fantastic places to eat, fun places to shop, and exciting adventures to have — like visiting the Steamboat Era Museum!
What to Expect at the Steamboat Era Museum
The Steamboat Era Museum opened in 2004 and has been a fixture in Irvington ever since! Step back in time to when the steamboats chugged along the Chesapeake Bay. Inside the museum, you can see exhibits, artifacts, and more, all showing what life was like during the steamboat times. Excitingly, the Steamboat Era Museum is home to a pilothouse from an 1894 steamer named the Potomac. It’s definitely worth the visit!
4 Reasons to Visit the Steamboat Era Museum on Your Irvington Vacation
Vacation time is valuable time! Here are three reasons why we think a visit to the Steamboat Era Museum is worth including on your trip.
1. It Brings the Past to the Present
Nothing brings history to life like a fantastic museum. Step back in time to the days of the steamboats. In an era when interaction outside of your hometown was fairly closed off, the boats opened the avenues for trade, fun, and much more throughout the Chesapeake Bay. The Steamboat Era Museum shows what life was like and how these ships changed this area of the country for the better!
2. You Can View Incredible Artifacts
At the Steamboat Era Museum, you’re welcome to explore a wide variety of remarkable photographs, models, and artifacts from this historically significant time period. And, you can expect more to come!
In 1894, the Potomac steamer went between Baltimore and Norfolk, Virginia, stopping at many towns along the Rappahannock River during its trips. The Potomac worked for 42 years, but it was pulled from the water after a severe collision in 1936. It was sold to a shipyard, and much of it was disassembled.
Luckily, the pilothouse (the upper structure containing the captain and crew’s quarters and the wheelhouse) was saved from destruction. Initially used as a beach cottage, the Steamboat Era Museum acquired it and is currently working to restore its former beauty. Starting in the fall of 2018, you can visit this one-of-a-kind artifact. It is a historical treasure that adds even more value to this already incredible museum!
3. There Are Exciting Events to Attend
If you time your visit right, you can take part in some unique excitement at the museum! One of the most anticipated events of the year is the Annual Irvington Crab Festival. Held at the Irvington Town Commons nearby, attendees are encouraged to enjoy endless, delicious crabs. If you love seafood, this event is for you! The Hope and Glory Inn and Vineyard are among the big supporters of this Crab Festival. The Dog and Oyster will have a booth offering our medal winning wine! The museum also remains open with free admission during the festivities, so feel free to stop in and explore.
Check out the Festival each year in mid-August. Just make sure you purchase your tickets early; hundreds of people anxiously await the fun times and tasty food here!
4. The Steamboat Era Museum Is One of a Kind
Wander through the artifacts, learn the stories, and stand where the captain of the Potomac would have been. There’s so much to do and see at the Steamboat Era Museum! Please be sure to check the hours of operation on their website, as they change based on the season. Enjoy learning about a unique part of our past!
Return to the Hope and Glory Inn After Your Steamboat Experience!
The Hope and Glory Inn is the best place to stay to experience all that Irvington has to offer. Plus, our inn is just a two-minute walk from the Museum. Talk about convenience! Retreat to our romantic hotel and relax in your luxurious room. Then, take a ride through Carter Creek on our cruise boat, True Love! It’s the perfect way to cap off your day at the Steamboat Era Museum.
When you get back from your adventures at the Steamboat Era Museum, take your shoes off and relax in Room 3 at the Hope and Glory Inn. This brightly colored room offers plenty of natural light, sophisticated decor, and elegant accommodations for a superb experience. What are you waiting for? Check our availability to start your exciting Irvington vacation today!