On Friday, April 20, the Steamboat Era Museum will open for the 2018 season. The museum’s mission is to collect and preserve artifacts of the Steamboat Era on the Chesapeake Bay. Through the design of dynamic exhibits and educational programs, the museum illustrates and interprets the important economic and lifestyle changes steamboats brought to Virginia and Maryland communities on the Bay from 1813-1937. Exhibits include ship models, the story of Hansford Bayton, an African-American steamboat owner/captain, a film by James Wharton showing the process of oystering in 1929, a diorama of a shipbuilding yard oral histories of residents of the area and more.
Spring hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 20 – June 9. Summer Hours begin on Tuesday, June 12, and continue through September 1 when the museum will be open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Children under 12 and active military are free.
This is a very exciting year for the museum as it prepares for the installation of the Potomac Pilothouse in the fall.
The exhibition hall has undergone a major change. Walls and exhibit structures have been removed to make space for the Pilothouse and work has begun on new exhibits. A temporary enclosure gives museum visitors an idea of the Pilothouse’s size. The four foot tall enclosure indicates the space where the Pilothouse will sit. An 11’ sign in front of the enclosure indicates the height of the wheelhouse. This structure gives visitors a sense of the size of the Pilothouse and how it will fit into the museum. Once installed, visitors will be able to walk throughout the Pilothouse and view the crew and captain’s quarters as well as the wheelhouse.
For the full article pick up a copy of this weeks Nothumberland Echo Newspaper 4/18/18