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by two cruisers
November 26, 2007
From journal Six Parts of the Historic Triangle
St. Louis, Missouri
September 4, 2003
It turns out the Watermen’s Museum is about the Chesapeake Bay men who worked on the water! The only other place in the world where these workers are called watermen is in England. Their jobs might be fishing, ferrying or working on a boat. They could be common laborers or captains but they all worked on the water in and about Chesapeake Bay.
There are displays of boats, old historic maps and navigational charts. There are displays of tools used by these men. There are photographs and other written records that tell the story of one of the oldest colonial habitations in the United States. The Museum also supports educational programs for both children (school programs) and adults (Lifelong Learning Program) and offers memberships to those interested in helping preserve the memory of this ongoing activity. They have a unique gift shop where local artisans sell their wares; you can pick up a specialty cookbook of seafood recipes; or you can find books and tapes about the Bay area including lighthouse info. (They also run a coupon in the "Colonial Guide" free magazine.)
This is a relatively young museum, started in 1981, but it chronicles and preserves information that would certainly have been lost without its existence. They rent out there dock behind the museum to the "Yorktown Lady" which does cruises on the Bay highlighting information about both history and wildlife. The museum's phone number is 757-887-2641. There website is www.watermens.org.
From journal Williamsburg-Lesser Known Sites Worth a Visit!