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Museum speaker series focuses on oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

The Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington will present the third session of the Second Saturday Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8.

The public is invited to hear William Knight Smiley IV, resident ecologist at the Tides Inn, talk about the history of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, reported executive director Steve Humphrey.

On October 1, 1608, the English ship Mary and Margaret arrived at Jamestown. Capt. John Smith, hired by the Virginia Company of London, and leader of the Jamestown Company, described the landscape to be very different than we see today. One of his observations was about the huge abundance of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

Smiley will lead an open conversation about how oyster populations declined and….

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