“Holiday Gift Market” at Maritime Park Set for Nov 24, Brunch on the Menu and Music in the Park

Time to get out of the house this Saturday and meet your friends at the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park as the last Maritime Park official event of the year takes center stage with lots of special gifts at the vendor tents and fun for the holidays.

You can bet we are going to finish up in style!

Join us Saturday, November 24 from 9am-2pm for the 13th Annual Holiday Gift Market.

Bypass the crowds at the malls and enjoy lots of great shopping and more! It all happens in the autumn setting of our waterfront and nature park.

Lots of food, gifts, exhibits and attractions.

A full slate of activities starts with Billz Bistro opening for a very special “Bistro Benedict Bloody Mary Brunch” at 8am, and the holiday gift-oriented market starting at 9am.

The Bistro turns over the hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ to David’s Snak-Shak on the Waterfront as the “Bistro Bunchers” become the “Bistro Brunchers” and concentrate on turning out the ultimate holiday brunch from 8am-1pm for our fans. Marty will be offering all his popular SwineSkin flavors along with the new funnel cake.

The market will run until 2pm with all your favorite produce, local cheeses, honeys, breads, pastries, soaps, cookies, local meats, quilts, wooden bowls, leatherwork, jewelry, original artwork, Lions Club brooms, and antiques, all offered by local artisans.

All the vendors “under the canopies” will be bringing their best! Lots of hand-made items perfect for that special Christmas gift.

Make sure to bring the kids. Karen Minter and her intrepid volunteers will be set up in the Tea House area with games for kids of all ages and will have games or craft activities depending on the weather

The Nationally Historic Registered F.D.Crockett will be back at the dock. John England and his volunteers will be showing off not only the F.D.Crockett, but also their completed Hull 101, the museum’s first ever deadrise build.

At the new Boat Shop they also have the new “work in progress” Hull 102 which will be the prototype for a full-size deadrise scheduled to start sometime in 2019. Work is still needed to finish the new Boat Shop and Hull 102, donations needed and welcome.

Also in the Boat Shop, Director John England and his volunteers will share the space with well-known historical author, Larry Chowning, who will be offering and signing his books on the history of the Chesapeake Bay just in time for Christmas. Larry is “the” noted historian of the Chesapeake Bay and its working watermen and their vessels. He is the author of Bay histories “Chesapeake Bay Buyboats,” “Barcat Skipper,” and “Harvesting the Chesapeake,” among others. He has also written a wonderful area Civil War history, “Soldiers at the Doorstep” and several other definitive area histories.

The museum will open an hour early to let visitors check out the variety of new specialty items at the gift shop and give them a chance to view the new additions to our exhibits.

In the Pavilion for the “Bistro Brunch,” Deltaville’s own balladeer and guitarist David Moran will be playing his ever smooth classic collection of songs. As David says, “I am somewhere on the roads and rails, traveling from the Woody Guthrie 1930’s to the Jackson Browne 1970’s, with stops along the way to sing a few Hank Williams and Merle Haggard songs..”

The Rappahannock Railroaders will be running the Museums own “G” Gauge elevated model railway.

Captain Rob and the museum’s John Smith replica shallop, “Explorer,” will be in the water at the Pierwalk for the Gift Market.

At the Pierwalk there will also be creek cruises on the workboat “Only Son” on loan from the Farinholt Brothers of Chesapeake Boat Works, tours on the F.D. Crockett, the chance to try your hand at oyster tonging, and check out  crab shedding tank and crabpots.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take advantage of photo opportunities with the “Waterman’s Boots” that celebrate our “River Realm.” There is also the Museum’s “Love” sign built right in our own maintenece shop thanks to members donations and aid from the State’s “Love Works” program. It has been reported to be the largest in Virginia.

All the gardens and nature walks are manicured and open for a leisurely stroll or just bench warming. The fall colors are in. Grab a seat next to the new Turner fountain centered Pavilion courtyard, in the Gary Waterfront Pavilion, or on a bench in the Nature Trails. Watch the market unfold around you.

The museum will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day as our volunteers and staff share Thanksgiving with family and friends.

“Scary Halloween” Coming Up Oct. 31, 2018 at Maritime Park

You’re invited to gather with ghosts, ghouls and goblins at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park’s always popular 12th annual “Scary Halloween in the Park,” happening Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. (conveniently held this year on the actual date of Halloween and the official date to observe Halloween as set by the County of Middlesex).

All area families are welcome.

“Scary Halloween in the Park” offers a safe, spacious park for all to come and enjoy Halloween. You will find plenty of convenient, lit, parking, a less “scary” area in the “Perilous Pavilion” where volunteers and businesses hand out candy to all, hayrides (2 wagons this year) through the ghosts, goblins and holo-illusions of the “Field of Screams,” and the very, verrry, scary  paths through the “Wailin’ Woods” for the stout of heart.

There is always plenty of candy, candy, candy for all.

Hot dogs and hot chocolate available.

All businesses, organizations and individuals are all welcome to come out and staff their own table to hand out candy, either as a promotion or just plain fun. If interested, please call Kristen, Jamie, or Renee at the Museum office at 804-776-7200. Candy tables provided.

Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park is located in Deltaville, Virginia at 287 Jackson Creek Road. To get to the Museum and Park, follow Route 33 through Deltaville and turn right across from the Citgo Station.

To find out everything you need to know about the Museum and Park, donate, volunteer, or become a Member with all its many benefits visit www.deltavillemuseum.com or e-mail the Museum office at office@deltavillemuseum.com.

For more information contact Bill Powell at wdwrks@va.metrocast.net.

Museums of Middlesex Launch 2018-2019 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 now through April 2019.

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 on May 1, 2019 for cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25.

Good luck exploring history in Middlesex!

Questions? Contact Michelle Brown for more information: m.brown@co.middlesex.va.us or (804) 654-1363

Save the Date: Deltaville Maritime Museum’s Official 2018 Opening Weekend

Nothing says the welcoming of spring and summer like the official opening weekend of the Deltaville Maritime Museum! Join the Deltaville Maritime Museum May 11-12!

A Shrimp & BBQ Dinner and Dance will be held Friday, May 11 from 5 to 9 pm and feature baby-back ribs, steamed shrimp and BBQ! Listen to THE TATERS on the bandstand.

For more information about this and other events at the Deltaville Maritime Museum visit them online here.

The Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park was established in 2003 through the efforts of a dedicated and visionary group of local volunteers. The museum and park flourished and rapidly became a center of activity in lower Middlesex County. In 2012, fire destroyed the existing museum and events pavilion. Through a combination of insurance payments, grants, incredibly generous community support and countless hours of volunteer labor, the museum and events pavilion were totally rebuilt in their current configuration. The new events pavilion opened in 2013. The museum, built in the style of Deltaville’s old Stingray Point Hotel (also known as the Old Red Barn), opened in 2014 with John M. Barber’s very popular exhibition “​Chesapeake – 50 Years of Maritime Art.” Development of the museum, pavilion, and the park continue.

You’re Invited! Christmas House Tour at Lansdowne Will Benefit Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society

A Christmas House Tour of historic Lansdowne in Urbanna takes place on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society. Lansdowne, which is today the home of Col. (USA-ret.) and Mrs. A.B. Gravatt, was built circa 1740 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at 271 Virginia Street in Urbanna. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online at middlesexmuseum@va.metrocast.net.

Scavenger Hunt Coming Soon! Save the Date!

Get your hunting game face on – it’s time for the first ever Museums of Middlesex SCAVENGER HUNT!

Join us Saturday, March 18 starting at 9 am to explore all that our local history has to offer.

More details to come, and we will update you here, but you’ll want to be among the first to know! The first 100 participants will receive a special gift.

This event will also kick off the open houses at our community’s great Visitor Centers.

Museums of Middlesex are located in Saluda, Urbanna and Deltaville.

Middlesex County Museum in Saluda

Scottish Factor Store in Urbanna

Deltaville Maritime Museum in Deltaville