About the Museum
Founded in 2002, the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park is a local treasure, collecting and exhibiting the rich nautical history of the area known as the “Boatbuilding Capital of the Chesapeake.” Not far from the spot where Jamestown Colony explorer John Smith nearly died in a stingray attack, the museum and grounds encompass 34 acres near Jackson Creek just off of Chesapeake Bay. With ample nature paths, a Children’s Garden, an indoor/outdoor pavilion and two outdoor gazebos, the museum rests along the Mill Creek shoreline. It’s here where you can hop on the historic 1920s-era buyboat, the 63-foot “F.D. Crockett” with its log bottom.
Holly Point Nature Park — Open dawn to dusk every day. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the woods along Mill Creek and enjoy sculptures at various points along the way. A kayak landing and waterfront pier provide access to the water. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a walk with your pet, but please keep all pets on a leash. Located on the “John Smith Trail,” the park is a Chesapeake Bay “Gateway.”
Library — The Deltaville Maritime Museum’s John Coe Library continues to add to its collection of audio and visual documents. Our books and other materials are historically significant, rich in detail of the bygone boatbuilding heyday and feature the maritime heritage of the Deltaville area.
Gift Shop — From locally-produced artists’ prints, to t-shirts, books, hats, maps and toys, the Deltaville Maritime Museum gift shop is full of maritime and Chesapeake Bay treasures and collectibles.
Boats for Sale — The Deltaville Maritime Museum nautical “Field of Dreams” sits on a the Western end of the patch of museum Park grounds across from Deltaville Boatyard & Marina. Come find your dream boat! The largest museum fundraising activity is the sale of boats that are donated to the museum and help finance projects such as the restoration of the F.D. Crockett and the construction of the Explorer. Contact the Deltaville Maritime Museum if interested in donating a boat — or better yet, buying one!
Events — Looking to groove? Deltaville Maritime Museum events include live music through the summer with the seven-concert series “Groovin’ in the Park,” Holly Point Markets, boating safety classes, Family Boatbuilding Week in July, an Art & Seafood Festival in October, a Halloween event with a haunted trail and a Holiday Gift Market on the last Saturday in November.
Classes — In addition to monthly boating safety classes, every Thursday the Deltaville Maritime Museum hosts a Zumba class for a cost of $5 per ticket.
Ticket Sales — Admission prices vary for children, military and general admission. Memberships also available.
Holly Point Nature Park is open dawn to dusk daily and admission is free.
Rental — Rent the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holy Point Nature Park indoor/outdoor pavilion and kitchen for your event. For more information call 804-776-7200.