Steamboat Era Museum opens for season May 1
, 2014


Steamboat Era Museum
opens for season May 1

The Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, will open for the 2014 season May 1.

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Peter Winters of Presentation Resource, readies the new, interactive Steamboat Port Map for display.

The museum recently underwent a major transformation with new and redesigned exhibits, a newly stocked gift shop, improved lighting and a new graphic look, reported executive director Barbara Brecher.

The museum recently was voted “Best of Virginia 2014” by Virginia Living Magazine, for small historic museums in Eastern Virginia.

Visitors may turn an actual steamboat wheel, learn how steamboats were built through photographs and a detailed diorama, view a steamboat’s route from Baltimore to Norfolk via the Rappahannock River and learn about the progression from sails to steam, said Brecher.

Visitors also may view a revival camp, cannery and country store and find out how rural communities were suddenly and forever connected to big cities, she said.

The museum’s gift shop offers chocolate steamboat lollipops, handcrafted items, museum related t-shirts and posters.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 11 and younger and active military.


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