Steamboat Era Museum honors founders


Steamboat Era Museum board members and volunteers celebrate the construction and changes at the museum in preparation of the installation of the Potomac Pilothouse. From left are (front row) Lin Ross, Barbara Brecher, Barbara Baxter, Randy Graham, Fran Kelly and Dick Wilson; (next row) Eric Nost, Jim Ward and Fred Pevahouse. Photo by Michael Geissinger

IRVINGTON—The Steamboat Era Museum, 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, recently began its 20th year celebration by honoring founders and looking towards the future.

At a gathering on April 7, the board of directors honored the founders of the museum. A large group listened to Eric Nost, past president of the board and chairman of the Pilothouse Campaign committee, speak about the people who made the museum a reality.

Nost noted it started with three prominent Irvington residents, Billy Graham, Jimmie Lee Crockett and Alexander Fleet, who together thought a museum was needed to keep the important history of the Steamboat Era in Irvington and the Northern Neck alive for future generations.

Meetings began in 1998 at the Irvington Town Office. Those attending included Crockett, Kathy Self, Jane Jackson, Suzy Stephens, Suzanne Fleet, Alex Fleet, Jackie Burrell, Mark Hollingsworth, Albert Pollard Jr. and Mary Louisa Pollard, said Nost.

The agenda included deciding on a name for the museum. The Steamboat Museum, Irvington, Virginia, was chosen and although that has changed, the original name is still the museum’s legal name, he said…



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