Museums of Middlesex Launch Summer Scavenger Hunt

Explore history across Middlesex County’s three museums with Scavify’s scavenger hunt app.

Want to explore history with technology, experiencing 350 years in a day? There’s an app for that.

The Museums of Middlesex in Saluda, Deltaville and Urbanna, Va. are pleased to announce that the Scavify app-driven scavenger hunt is available for residents and visitors to explore through December 2017.

The Scavify app, which can be downloaded on a smart phone or tablet, allows visitors to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, Middlesex Museum and Urbanna Museum to get hands on while exploring history and exhibits through scanning QR codes, snapping photos and answering trivia questions. Challenges earn players points along the way, and ultimately bragging rights when completed.

Players are encouraged to start the scavenger hunt at any of the three museums, where there are roughly 10 questions to answer per location.

To complete the scavenger hunt, players need to visit all three locations:

To download and participate, players should follow these directions:

  • Go to Google Play or App Store.
  • In the Search bar type “Scavify” and install. SKIP if asks for account set-up or a credit card.
  • Wait for it to install.
  • OPEN Scavify app and create a personal account, which will require a user name, email address and password.
  • Under “hunts” search for and select “MOM Scavenger Hunt.”
  • Start playing.

The password is “history” to the scavenger hunt instructions. Each participant will receive a gift (a Museums of Middlesex aluminum water  bottle) for participating and will be entered into a drawing for a $100 cash prize, selected on December 1.

Good luck exploring history in Middlesex!

The Deltaville Maritime Museum Annual Family Boat Building Week Is A Great Way To Build A Boat — And Bond

One of our signature events at the Deitaville Maritime Museum is our annual family boat building week in July in which families build 12-foot or 14-foot skiffs and then race them.

It’s a tradition that goes back to the founding of the museum in 2002 and is centered around traditional boat building based on the design of John E. Wright, a noted 20th century Deltaville boat builder.

deltaville-boatshop2Wright was a boat builder who began building skiffs with his two brothers in Deltaville in the early 1900s. Familiar with the local timber supplies from hauling them throughout the Chesapeake Bay area, John Wright set up shop in his back yard, a common practice of the era.

Wright had access to ample lumber supplies from nearby stands of timber that were sawn into boards by saw mills operating around the community. Wright also had plenty of customers who appreciated the craftsmanship of his work.

His boats are known for their elegant looks while being very serviceable, perfect for either pleasure cruising on Chesapeake Bay or working the water for its signature Virginia blue crabs and oysters.

More than 100 boats have been built and launched over the years at the Deltaville Maritime Museum’s Family Boatbuilding week. The week is as much about family bonding as it is about building a skiff to take out on the bay or a local river or creek.

With names like “Jelly Fish,” “Deborah Ann,” “Flare On,” “Blu C’s,” “Patriot,” “Thunderbird II,” and “Iceberg,” our boat building week gives up to 10 families a year a memorable experience. The week concludes with a race of the skiffs in Mill Creek, which borders the museum grounds.

Our Boat Building Week has been featured in local, regional and trade publications. Here’s a few links to stories that feature the Deltaville Maritime Museum family boatbuilding projects:

National Fisherman
http://www.nationalfisherman.com/national-fisherman-july-2011/121-2011-07-around-the-yards

Chesapeake Boating
http://www.chesapeakeboating.net/Media/Feature-Stories/The-Wright-Stuff.aspx

The House and Home Magazine
http://www.thehouseandhomemagazine.com/Articles/JuneJuly15/BoatbuildingWeek/tabid/846/Default.aspx

While some general woodworking experience will be helpful, pure novices are welcome and will receive assistance from our capable staff of volunteers. Each “team” receives a kit that contains all the material needed to build the skiffs.

It’s a challenging, rewarding, entertaining and enlightening adventure to participate in our boatbuilding week. We think there’s no better way to enjoy Chesapeake Bay and its myriad of tributaries than in your own skiff built with your own hands and the hands of your fellow team members.

At the end of your week at the family boatbuilding event, and on all of your future trips out into the bay and its connecting waters, we think you’ll agree.