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John Smith’s Discovery

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 3:03 pm

The Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern held their  first farmers’ market of the year on a chilly morning after torrential rains and high winds blanketed most parts of the Northern Neck. That did not deter the vendors and local residents from making their way to the popular event. Many of the vendors with specialty and unique items were on hand before 11 a.m. The sun came out and it was business as usual.

One very unique display for this month’s farmers’ market was a to-scale replica of Captain John Smith’s Barge, Discovery of 1608, which was built at the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum. According to one reenactor Austin Schmitt, Smith had been ordered by King James I to map out sections of the Eastern Shore including the Chesapeake Bay.

“Actually there were two voyages during the time period that John Smith was out there,” said Schmitt.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 4/24/19

Austin Schmitt (L) and Lionel Whitcomb (R) at the Heathsville Farmers’ Market

with the replica of Captain John Smith’s Discovery vessel.