Steamboat Era Museum opens for the season with new exhibits

New exhibits include the Steamboat Potomac pilothouse.

The walls are painted, the carpet is laid and the Potomac pilothouse has landed. The Steamboat Era Museum is open for the 2019 season.

In addition to the pilothouse, new exhibits tell the story of the importance of the Steamboat Era to Northern Neck and Chesapeake Bay communities. From 1813 to 1937 most food, hardware, clothing and other daily necessaries were delivered by steamboats, reported executive director Barbara Brecher. Calves, cows and chickens as well as oysters, tomatoes and other canned vegetables were exported to larger cities from the Northern Neck by steamboat.

Visitors learn the story of the 125-year-old pilothouse…