Boots honor the heritage of the Bay

From left, Cheryl Sadler, Theresa Tabulenas, Cathy Meyer, Michele Faulkner and Linda Hamilton step into “Diatoms” at the Rappahannock Art League in Kilmarnock.

While touring the Middle Peninsula or the Northern Neck, a giant pair of colorful boots may have attracted your attention.

Those boots are the visual component of Watermen’s Way, a public art project honoring the commercial watermen and waterwomen of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The boots are reminiscent of the traditional white boots worn by those who work in the seafood industry through the Chesapeake Bay region.

Coordinated by Virginia’s River Realm in conjunction with the Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce, the project benefits the Virginia Watermen’s Association, Steamboat Era Museum and the Rappahannock Art League.

As a boost to tourism, a map will serve as a guide to the locations of the boots so residents and visitors can see and photograph all the decorated boots, reported Steamboat Era Museum executive director Barbara Brecher.

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