Our current exhibit examines the prosperity of the Nothern Neck between 1870 and 1925, they heyday of the steamboat era. The arrival of steamboats at the wharves that lined the Bay and its tributaries brought excitement, hustle and bustle and enterprise to our remote rural communities.
Church Camp Meetings
Every July and August, the population of the Northern Neck swelled as thousands boarded steamboats and sailed for salvation at one of the area's church camp meetings. Relive the sights and sounds and see the camp tent that's really not a tent at all!
After the Civil War, new country stores began lining the roads. These original superstores depended on the steamboats to bring merchandise from Baltimore and Norfolk. Visit our re-created country store, stocked with items just arrived at the wharf.
Local oysters and tomatoes set sail on steamboats after being canned right at the wharf. See the workings of a cannery and find out if you could have cut it as a peeler.
The James Adams Floating Theatre
Murder, romance, and song at the wharf...it must mean the floating theater is
Plan your visit to The Steamboat Era Museum today!
Plan your visit to allow time for the many other museums and historic sites here in the lower Northern Neck of Virginia.
Our museum volunteers will be happy to help you plan an itinerary that matches your interests.
The Steamboat Era Museum • 156 King Carter Drive, Irvington, VA 22480 • (804) 438-6888 • Hours & Directions