Reedville Fishermen's Museum, Reedville

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Reedville Fishermen's Museum is located in the unincorporated town of Reedville along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Northumberland County, Virginia.

Reedville has a long heritage in the Atlantic menhaden fishing industry, and the museum dedicates itself to preserving the watermen's heritage and that of Reedville.

The museum has restored some of the oldest homes on the community's "Millionaire's Row", where wealthy factory owners and fishing boat captains once lived. The mansions are now on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum also has two vessels, the skipjack Claude W. Somers and the deck boat Elva C., which were entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
Open for tours, the museum also has historical information about the menhaden fishing industry and the history of Reedville.

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  • We went specifically for the train exhibit and found the workmanship amazing. We enjoyed the entire museum learning about the fishing industry and millionaire’s homes. The movie introducing the...  more »
  • Greatly enjoyed viewing the bay boats and immense fishing displays. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.  more »
  • Having commercial fished several years in the Pacific Northwest, I wasn't expecting much.. This MUSEUM is well equipped to provide an intimate and detailed glimpse into the long history of the Menhaden serine fishery on the East coast, specifically in Reedville. Plenty to keep old and young attentive and intrigued. Staff is very accommodating, we arrived shortly before closing but were assured it was no inconvenience to take as much time as we wished to meander through this well acquainted collection of artifacts and displays of the history of fishing in Reedville. Don't Pass This Up! A 'Must See/Experience'!!
  • Enjoyed my visit to this museum. Great information. Even get to see a boat that gave up her crew.

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