The Watermen’s Museum recently reopened its doors with a new indoor exhibit. “Black Watermen of the Chesapeake” showcases Black watermen contributions to the area. The museum is expanding outdoor exhibit spaces that will illustrate the maritime trades of sail making, rope making, boat building, and pottery.
A planned exhibit show how wind and sun energy from can create electricity. “And of course, the beautiful Yorktown Windmill is right next door to teach how wind power can be used to grind grist or flour,” according to Steven Ormsby, administrator of the museum.
“We’re also working with Tidewater Oyster Growers Association to create another outdoor exhibit behind the Museum that will tell about oysters and the tools used to raise and harvest them,” he said.
With a grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry, some landscaping will change to feature native Virginia trees, shrubs, dune grasses, ferns, and perennial flowers. “We are planting these items to illustrate how native plants provide food and habitats for the bees, insects, butterflies, birds, and other native creatures,” he added.
There will be many events starting April 10 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., with Revolutionary War and Civil War reenactors on Main Street and Water Street in Yorktown. There will be food, beverages, and music.
Sample chili recipes from amateur and professional chefs at the16th Annual Chili Cook-off 12 p.m. to 3p.m. The annual museum fundraiser admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.
The monthly Music Jamboree will be April 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. under the events tent.
The 6th Annual Tartan and Tie Dye Relay for Life Celebration fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be April 17 from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. The event will feature regional Celtic, Folk, and Rock bands and vendors, crafts, and family activities. Food and beverages will be available. A minimum $10 donation per person is requested.
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