The William Walker House, the oldest dwelling in Reedville, opened as the Reedville Fishermen's Museum in 1988. A generous gift from Mr. Frank Covington enabled the Reedville Fishermen's Museum to expand into a new building in 1995. Our docks are home to two National Historic Register vessels, Elva C and Claud Somers, which are used for scheduled open water tours. Our permanent collection is displayed in the Reed and Frayne Galleries. Temporary exhibits, changing throughout the year, are displayed in our 2003 addition. Our gift shop is also located in the Covington Building. The Pendleton Building provides the shop space and modern facilities for two of the RFM's major programs, Boat Building and Model Making. These activities support our education programs and special events held throughout the year, such as Family Boat Building weekends and the large layout of the HO scale Northern Neck Railroad. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Reedville holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Reedville Fishermen's Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Reedville Fishermen's Museum Reviews
We had never even heard of menhaden fish but got quite a good education on the subject at the Reedville Fisherman's Museum! The industryhas been going strong since the 1800s and today, this little... more »
We enjoyed this museum a lot. It's not too big or too small. The docents are very helpful but not pushy. The video you can watch if you want to is very informative about the local menhaden... 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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