Fish Fry to Benefit Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society

Tickets are now on sale for the Middlesex County Museum & Historical Society’s annual Fish Fry, which takes place on Friday, October 20 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Christ Church Parish Hall.

Tickets are $15. Advance ticket purchases or reservations are required by Wednesday, October 18 noon.

Take-outs are available with a ticket.

You may purchase the tickets at C&F Bank Cook’s Corner, Marshall’s Drug Store, Cyndy’s Bynn, Urbanna Harbor Gallery and Hurd’s Hardware in Deltaville.

You may also reserve tickets by emailing or calling 804-776-6983.

Tickets are available at the museum on Saturday, October 14 from 10am to 3pm.

A cash bar, featuring wine, beer and soft drinks, will be available at the event.

The Middlesex County Museum, located at 777 General Puller Highway in Saluda, is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.

The Fish Fry is a major fundraiser for the Museum, which works to discover, preserve, exhibit and study local history. Current projects include the collection of oral histories, the preservation of genealogical records, and assistance to those interested in genealogy and the study of local history. In 2018, the museum will be initiating a project to document the long and rich history of our country stores.

The Museum is heavily dependent upon the support of members and donors for operations and the maintenance of its Saluda complex of three buildings which include the museum itself, a visitors’ center and the exhibit of the historic 19th century county clerk’s office adjacent to the courthouse.

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!

Virginia Department of Historic Resources Middlesex County Architectural Survey

Virginia Department of Historic Resources Middlesex County Architectural Survey, released by the Middlesex Museum. Read more below and here.

Between October 2015 and August 2016, Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., in association with Debra A. McClane, Architectural Historian, completed a historic architectural resource survey of Middlesex County, Virginia. The survey was part of a series of projects funded through a $1.5 million Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant for Historic Properties that the National Park Service awarded to the Commonwealth of Virginia by way of the Department of Historic Resources in 2014. The pass-through project funds were awarded to seven counties in Virginia, including Middlesex County, and administered by the Department of Historic Resources; Middlesex County and the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society served as local project partners.

The general objective of the study was to identify and document historic architectural resources in Middlesex County, an underrepresented county in the Department of Historic Resources’ files and databases, in order to provide more comprehensive data on the occurrence and character of historic architectural resources in the community. Indeed, while a number of properties in Middlesex County had previously been listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and/or the National Register of Historic Places, only 197 resources had previously been recorded in the county and much of the data related to these resources is outdated and does not meet current survey standards.

Through the current survey effort, the number of historic architectural resources recorded in Middlesex County has nearly tripled. The survey resulted in the inventory of 380 resources at the reconnaissance level, which included completion of exterior documentation and photography and preparation of Virginia Cultural Resource Information System reconnaissance-level inventory forms, including architectural descriptions, preliminary significance assessments, location maps, and site plans. Of the 380 resources documented, 372 were newly-identified resources not yet captured in the Department of Historic Resource’s inventory and 8 were previously documented resources for which a substantial amount of time had passed since the previous survey.

In selecting resources for inclusion in the survey, architectural historians focused on identifying properties located in flood-prone areas near the coast; properties dating to the early history of the county that had yet to be captured in inventory records; properties that more comprehensively covered the full geography of Middlesex County; and properties that were representative of the county’s historical and architectural trends. In addition, surveyors worked with Middlesex County Historical Society representatives to identify properties worthy of survey. In total, through the survey, a broad cross-section of resources representing diverse property types, architectural styles, and time periods—ranging from the Contact Period (1607-1750) to the New Dominion Period (1946-1991)—across the full geography of Middlesex County have been documented, capturing the built environment as it relates to the domestic, agricultural, commercial, religious, industrial, recreation/social, and governmental contexts of the county.

In the event of future severe storm events or other natural disasters, this initial survey effort will support disaster mitigation planning at the local, county and regional level. Should additional and/or more intensive survey fail to occur prior to a future major storm event or natural disaster, the current survey will be invaluable in establishing baseline conditions for the properties identified that will assist property owners in quantifying the extent of damage, and quite possibly inform appropriate post-event repairs and rehabilitation efforts.

Come Meet Great Americans Who Did Amazing Things At The Middlesex County Museum In Saluda

We have surprises waiting for you at the Middlesex County Museum in Saluda.

As in, we bet you’ll be surprised by the caliber of Americans who called Middlesex County home that you can learn about in our museum.

They are war heroes who fought battles nearby and far from home, Civil Rights pioneers and everything in between.

When you walk through the doors of our Saluda museum you’ll find exhibits that highlight regular people who went on to do great things.

People like George A. Taylor, who was born and raised in Middlesex County. Taylor had graduated from high school in 1938 and attended Virginia State University in Petersburg for three years before he left home to enlist in the Army Air Forces to become a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

One of the original members of the segregated flying unit known as the Tuskeegee Airmen, Taylor flew more than 50 missions over Italy in 1944 with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group.

Called a “true fighter pilot” by a fellow Tuskegee Airman, Taylor was awarded two Bronze Stars, an Air Medal and four battle stars. Taylor piloted P-39, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang fighter planes.

In 2007, Taylor and other Tuskegee Airmen were the recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal Award at a ceremony in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

And people like James Lomax, a Middlesex African-American resident who would fight for the Union as a private in the 1st Regiment, Company D, of the United States Colored Infantry.

saluda-exhibit02You’ll come face to face — well, face to cardboard cutout face — with Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, the Marine’s Marine who settled down right here in Middlesex County after becoming the most decorated Marine in history.

We think you’ll like learning about Chesty, who fought battles in Haiti, Nicaragua, across the Pacific islands in World War II and in Korea against communist forces. As great a Marine as Chesty was — five Navy Crosses for valor, — he was arguably the most quotable Marine.

Once in North Korea, while surrounded and seemingly trapped by overwhelming enemy forces at Chosin Reservoir, Puller surveyed his 1st Marine Division’s position and proclaimed, “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies our problem of finding these people and killing them.”

Chesty’s 1st Marine Division fought its way out of Chosin Reservoir — he refused to call it a retreat, saying he merely found more Chinese behind him than in front of him so he “about-faced and attacked” — and left in its wake seven shattered Chinese Army divisions.

You’ll also meet up with Irene Morgan, an African-American who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus passing through Middlesex County in 1944. That was 11 years before Rosa Parks did the same thing.

Learn about how Morgan was arrested and convicted, but with the help of attorneys Spottswood W. Robinson III and Thurgood Marshall, appealed her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a landmark 1946 ruling, the court found that it was unconstitutional to enforce segregation laws on interstate carriers, helping pave the way for future Civil Rights battles.

And we’re just highlight a few great Americans who called Middlesex County home. Would you like to meet the many others?