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Steamboat Era celebration

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 4:51 pm

The museum invites everyone to celebrate Steamboat Era Day Saturday, September 14. Admission will be free on September 14 and from 12 p.m. -4 p.m. ice cream treats will be served.

In 2009 the General Assembly of Virginia passed a resolution to designate September 14 as Steamboat Era Day in Virginia.

The museum opened its doors in 2004. Through the years exhibits about the steamboat era and its importance to the Northern Neck have been mounted. In May 2019 the keystone to the museum’s exhibits, the Pilothouse from the Steamer Potomac, was installed in the museum along with all new exhibits. The Potomac was built in 1894. In addition to celebrating Steamboat Era Day we are celebrating the 125th birthday of the Potomac pilothouse, the largest remaining piece of a Chesapeake Bay steamboat in existence.

The museum is located at 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington Virginia. Call 438-6888 or visit steamboateramuseum.org for more information.

The Steamer Potomac ran on the Chesapeake Bay from 1894-1936. Her pilothouse, the largest remaining piece of a Chesapeake Bay steamboat is now on exhibit at the museum.