Street Address
504 Main Street
Reedville, VA 22539
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 306
Reedville, VA 22539
phone: 804-453-6529
fax: 804-453-7159
Adults : $3.00 , Children under 12 : Free , School Groups : Free
Museum Type(s)
Katrina P. Lawrimore, Director


The museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the fishermen and watermen of Virginia's Northern Neck and the Chesapeake Bay by acquiring, documenting and displaying historically important items in the galleries and through traveling exhibits and educational programming.


The story of Reedville, Virginia is linked to the commercial fishing industry that developed here in the late 19th century. In 1874 Elijah Reed transferred his menhaden fishing operation from Brooklin, Maine to the Chesapeake Bay. He purchased the land on Cockrell's Creek that is now Reedville. The industry flourished, especially in the early part of the 20th century. Today Reedville is one of the major ports for the landing of commercial fish in the United States, second only to Kodiak, Alaska.