The Museum is located in the heart of Morattico, at one time a thriving watermen's village with a steamboat wharf. It is housed in the 1901 Morattico General Store building. This area is on the north shore of the Rappahannock River with commanding views of the river, Lancaster Creek, and Mulberry Bay. The village takes its name from the Moraughtacund Indians of the Algonquian Nation encountered in the area by Captain John Smith in 1608.
In 2004 residents established the all-volunteer, non-profit museum to preserve the cultural history of the village and maintain a community center. The museum hosts fundraisers during the May through October season that include a Crab Feast and Oysters Roast, in addition to numerous other events.
Artifacts, photos, and documents related to activities in a working watermen's settlement and the function of the general store are being preserved to honor the past and educate new generations.
The Morattico Historic District is a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Museum is a location on Virginia's Oyster Trail http://www.virginiaoystertrail.com/