Low country boil to support Potomac Pilothouse project

John and Olivia Morgenthaler on September 23 will host a low country boil to support the Steamboat Era Museum’s Potomac Pilothouse project.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morgenthaler’s home, 215 Railway Drive, Heathsville.

Tickets are $75. To order tickets, email director@steamboateramuseum.org or call the museum, 438-6888.

John Morgenthaler, the shipwright working on the project, will be available to talk about the project, said SEM executive director Barbara Brecher. Patrons will see the progress being made on this historic artifact.

The event will take place outside, beside his workshop, where the pilothouse is being restored. Monies raised from this event will be matched dollar for dollar by a $50,000 matching grant challenge from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation.

The restoration of the Pilothouse has always been a goal of the founders of the museum. Acquired in 2001,the Pilothouse stood near the museum until it was shrink-wrapped in 2010 and stored in a field in White Stone. In 2015 it was moved to the Morgenthaler’s property.

The low country boil will be prepared by waterman Robbie Reamy, president of Reamy Seafood. Virginia Commonwealth Bank will provide refreshments.