Chesapeake Bay Maritime Heritage

The Kinsale Museum
457 Main Street
P.O. Box 1707
Warsaw, VA 22572
Region Chesapeake Bay
Locality Richmond County
Phone: (804) 333-1919

Depart one of the Northern Neck’s delightful bed & breakfasts or country inns after breakfast and travel to Reedville to see this turn-of-the-century fishing village historic district. Visit the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and its exhibits detailing the traditions of the working watermen and fishermen of the Chesapeake Bay. Also tour several boat restorations, including the replica of John Smith’s barge, “The Spirit of 1608”, a third generation working boatyard and the Walker House, a modest 1875 fisherman’s home. 804.453.6529

Walk down Main Street to lunch at a casual waterfront setting, The Crazy Crab, located at 902 Main Street. 804.453.6789

Option 1: Cruise aboard the skipjack Claude W. Somers from Reedville. Watch the crabbers in their traditional Chesapeake Bay workboats tending their crab pots and unloading their catch at a local crab house. Available during the season on various Saturdays so call for a reservation. 804.453.6529

Option 2: Tour The Gables, one of Reedville’s fine Victorian sea captain’s mansions, and learn how Captain Fisher built his stately home from bricks brought from England as ballast and how he included the mast of his favorite schooner into the construction. 859 Main Street, 804.453.5209 or

Located on a low bluff at the end of the Yeocomico River, the historic village of Kinsale was established in 1706. It is the oldest colonial port town on the Virginia side of the Potomac River. Learn about the 1813 battle on Kinsale Creek and the many schooners that frequented the busy port at the Kinsale Museum located in a late 1800's barroom, then board the Virginia W at nearby Port Kinsale Marina. Built in 1904 and one of only 22 known skipjacks still on the Bay, this stylish former oyster workboat has been restored by the Port Kinsale Foundation. 804.472.3001 or For further information, contact the Northern Neck Tourism Commission at 804.333.1919 or Visit our web site

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Last Updated: 3/6/2012 4:48 PM